Forced vs. Natural Milestones

As parents, we hear what "experts" claim to be average ages that children meet milestones in our culture. We then tend to compare our children to these averages and push them to reach them out of fear that they aren't living up to the cultural norm or standard. When many people first discover Radical Unschooling, in which a family lives … [Read more...]

Learning Through Teaching

My fourteen year old son, Devin, is a very creative person. He has recently started bladesmithing, which is making knives and swords. Yesterday he asked me to come outside and watch him make an entire knife from scratch. It was below zero out, but I bundled up and went out to watch the process. I watched him do everything, from getting … [Read more...]

A KiCKASS Interview!

I took part in a fun interview with Joanna, of the KiCKASS WiTCH. She was very receptive to Unschooling philosophy and connecting with her was like connecting with an old friend. I love powerful, wild, inspirational women and it was fun connecting and sharing with her. So, here it is.. a little fuzzy visually, but fantastic audio … [Read more...]

Unschooling Weapons

Over the last few months Devin has had a growing interest in real weapons. He has always liked weapons and he has had many toy swords and Nerf guns over the years, but he's almost a teenager now and things are evolving. It took me a while to get to a place of being totally comfortable seeing him using such dangerous things that I have … [Read more...]

Unschooling Chores

My Unschooled children have never had chores. We have never had charts hanging on our fridge with certain household tasks for them to take care of with stickers as rewards. Yet, Devin, Tiff, Ivy and Orion all help with the housework because they truly want to. How is this possible? For one, when I clean and do the little tasks that … [Read more...]