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Testimonials

Dayna is recognized and respected worldwide as a pioneer for children’s rights, peaceful parenting and Unschooling advocacy.  It is never too late to learn, grow and empower yourself with knowledge about alternatives in parenting, education, entrepreneurship and living a freer, more open-hearted life.

“It is an honor to work with others on finding their true feelings underneath all of the cultural conditioning in regards to parenting and education. When I help people realize that they have known the answers all along, it is a powerful experience for them, and it validates all of the injustices that they have felt their whole lives. Once coaching session with me is sometimes enough to change the entire course of their lives.”

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-”Dayna, Thank you for your time, wisdom and unconditional encouragement. When I decided to set up my first consult a couple of months ago, I had no idea what to expect but reflecting on the personal growth I have had since talking to you it is indescribable. You say a truth that my soul KNOWS and has awoken a strength inside of me that I knew was there but was unsure how to reach it. I can tell I am able to be more patient, loving and encouraging with myself which then I am able to share with my family. You are an inspiration on so many levels and I am so grateful to have gotten to connect with you and discover a deeper connection with myself, with womanhood and motherhood. Talking to you is like being in a sacred space where generations of peace, love and wisdom is filling me up and encouraging me to reach my full potential. I look forward to more consults and hope to meet you in person some day to give you a hug and thank you for being such an amazing woman and helping other women see how amazing they are too. I hope you and your family are well and talk to you soon!” Lindsay Bakke

-”It’s still hard for me to believe what a conversation with Dayna Martin can do for a family. We practice gentle and attachment parenting with our own children, and we also have parents contact us for advice on a regular basis through our site. One week we were faced with a couple of challenges with out 2 year old and like most parents wanted to do the best thing for our son. I’m lucky enough to call Dayna a friend and I reached out to her. Of course she was totally wonderful and accommodating. Everything she said made so much sense. I am definitely planning regular consultations with her and I couldn’t recommend her more. Dayna, you have helped our family more than you know! Something as simple as understanding that each word we use affects our thoughts around parenting. All parents should consider consulting with you. You are amazing, thank you!!” Margaux Khoury-Traboulsee, Owner of  Naturally Down To Earth.

-”I had an amazing hour with Dayna on Skype, felt free and comfortable to describe our family situation encouraged by her kind voice. I love how Dayna can help you look at a situation from a completely different point of view and see ways to move forward. It was so reassuring to hear Dayna suggesting to let go of blaming my children’s behavior on our parenting approach. She reminded me how important it is for the whole family how I feel – how easily they pick it up and respond accordingly. Feeling good is something I can focus on to shift the energy in a difficult situation. Dayna also helped me to word something I was anxious to communicate to someone I know. Right at the end of our conversation a door to new opportunities has opened up. I am so excited to explore them now and continue discussing them in our next skype call which I cannot wait for. Having someone to talk like this is so important especially in my role of being a mentor to other people – it takes cares of my own problems, so that I can provide strong support for other people.” Olga Degtyareva, scientist and unschooling mother of two Peaceful Productivity for Creative Types http://olgadegtyareva.com/

“The information you provided is “lemonade on a hot day” to my heart and soul. Since my son was born (and even before), I have felt that I only knew what not to do in terms of parenting. (Don’t spank, or otherwise obviously abuse kind of thing.) This leaves room for a lot of subtleties to slip through from how one was parented. I knew this, and have been fervently searching for a new “container” for my parenting philosophy. I found this in your writing. Instead of trying to improve on my parents’ style of parenting, you presented to me a whole new paradigm. As I have read your words, I have felt the spirit of truth in them. I felt as though I was remembering these truths rather than learning something new. As I finished your book a few minutes ago I had tears streaming down my face in joy and gratitude to you and to the universe. Thank you.” Sarah Husk

-“I was so excited to speak with Dayna via Skype. She was so easy to talk to and I felt she tuned in to our family situation straight away. In the course of our conversation she offered several insights which I have mulled over and found very helpful. It was wonderful to connect with someone who has such a heart for children, and who is already joyfully living their peaceful vision of family life. I have been so cheered by our time together. AB, England”

-“Thank you Dayna for this awesome Skype discussion! I am so grateful that you are out there. You have helped me open my mind a little further which led to immediate relief. I have new clarity and I can communicate much clearer with my son now….Our lives rock!” ~ Senay, Germany

-”That awkward moment after talking to Dayna Martin when the bridge to a new perspective is before you, and the pain and pull of the past is waiting to be let go. Old habits and ways of thinking…it takes time to effect new habits, but in this case, time taken is time wasted. The hardest part for me at that moment was imagining or effecting initiating loving conversations via the new paradigm in perspective with those where relationships are strained. I would have no problem going forward with the new paradigm, picking up random threads where they lay when the opportunity permits…but the idea of initiating those actions now as a concentrated effort felt uncomfortable to me and reminded me of the forgiveness touted in religion. Then, I watched The Secret. I have been withholding my comments for Dayna after our coaching session until I could move beyond this awkwardness. If I had the resources, I would have kept her on the phone another hour! When I got off the phone, I was keenly aware of a purging feeling that equated a myriad of emotions. This is highly individual, but… I can say that Dayna provided more insight than a family counselor provided over an entire year’s time. ” ~Maggie-”

Thank you Dayna for an amazing talk today about my journey to the more peaceful parenting and unschooling world. Your wisdom and kind words is remarkable and truly genuine. I appreciate the time you took to truly understand where we are at in our journey and to reaffirm my decision to do this for my family. I take your advice and outlook to heart and cannot wait to put the principles you shared into motion in our family. For anyone even the slightly bit curious about having a more joyful life for yourself and your children while incorporating an unschooling lifestyle, give Dayna a call. She is so uplifting!” ♥ Jessica Briele, NY

“Dayna, Thank you so much for your private consult with me on Sunday…there were several really significant ‘lightbulb moments’ for me… It really made me shift from meeting myself where I was at to going beyond and really re-thinking many things…going forth into a new paradigm for sure…Thank you so very much!” ~ Ellie, Australia

-”I’m not a mother, and I’m only 20 years but you’ve taught me so much about interacting with children, caring for them and having a partnership with them that i’m actually excited to have little ones of my own one day.” ~Casandra Gardner

-”I loved Skyping with Dayna! Her straight-shooting advice was right on. My life became less stressful almost immediately. The girl’s got a gift!” – Shoshanna Evers, author - www.ShoshannaEvers.com

-”Just seeing you on the Jeff Probst show and listening to your son, dispelled a lot of the fallacies I had about unschooling. You also, through your daily life, show me that it can be done… done well… and done with more than one child at a time. I think you should know that you are touching many folks and making a difference. ” xoxox ~ Kelly Diamond

“Watching your videos, reading your articles have helped me voice my firm support for Unschooling my family. I’m still not where I’d like to be in my ability to voice it to others, but I’m getting there. At least I know my “why”. More importantly, your work has helped both of my kids have a better life. Mainly in supporting our decision to unschool by seeing the positive outcomes in your family. How much more can you touch a family than that?” ~Robert Gottlieb

-”You have shown me that anything is possible and you truly are an amazing family and I cannot wait until your children are grown and do amazing things.. our children will do great things in their lifetime because they are given the freedom to have lives!” ~Jessica DeLelys

-”Your advocacy has contributed a lot to our family’s understanding of the word “freedom” in its truest sense. Thank you!” ~Mhaia LcBalba

-”I’m always asking WWDD? (What Would Dayna Do?)” ~Danielle Souris Pate

-“When you know better, you do better”…this is my daily mantra. I got this from you Dayna Martin. I am trying to shift to a more peaceful cooperative partnership with my kids after learning so much from you. It’s hard as I was raised in a fully controlled environment (even now that I’m 46 with a grown child my Mom still tries to control me), one day at a time & am changing the tapes that play in my head, I’ll get there with your inspiration & the inspiration of those like you!!”~Angie Taylor- Sadley- Dickinson

-”Years ago I learned about unschooling through you and your family. It felt like I had finally come home and that what I had felt inside all along was true. You remain to be a huge inspiration to me!” ~Susanne Roberts

-”My whole philosophy and life, education and parenting has been changed. My only regret is that I didn’t find your work until my son was 8 and I wonder how different things would have been if I’d found it sooner.”  x ~Alex Lawrence

-”I can remember waaaaaay back as I was really suffering with the school at home and knew there had to be a better way and the bread crumb trail that you have left so visibly was a god send. I really wanted to connect to someone “doing it” in person and after great connections on the RULOA list I drove my ass to your house and you welcomed me and the boys with open arms. And so it began….. Much love and gratitude for all you do and be!! The world is a lighter place with all you do be. I thank you, the children thank you.” ~Josha Grant

-”I love using your family as an example of how Unschooling works for people who are interested but want more info than just from me. Attending Life Rocks last year was incredible for us, as it was the first time in our lives to meet other unschooling families. Thanks for everything u do:) “~Amanda Baehre Bokus

-”I love knowing that I am not the only mom in the world who thinks outside what others think the “norm” is. Doing what is best for our children in our own way. Not being discouraged by the outside world and loving our children no matter what!” ~Angela

-”We totally dropped our formal literature program. My son was bored and I was sad. We were both frustrated but, after reading just a few of your words of encouragement, we dropped it and started reading REAL books! Thanks for the help and motivation!” ~Lesley Cote

-”Dayna, You were our gateway into unschooling when my oldest was still a wee toddler. SO thankful for this way of thinking, living, parenting, schooling. *I* learn something new from *them* everyday” ~Brianna Cabral

-”You validated our decision to toss away our curriculum.” ~Maru Berríos

-”I often refer anyone interested in unschooling to your website/videos! it was 4 years ago when i first saw you in person(at the first great big happy life conference!), when i was just starting to find my groove with the unschooling movement. you have been a huge inspiration in my life and have really reinforced all the unschooly ideas i have and was brought up with. it is wonderful that you share so openly with the whole world! and i do believe your message is ringing so clearly for all to see, that the world can’t help but take notice! “~Angel Carter Kelsey

-”There’s no way to relate with words how your work has impacted our life! When I was researching homeschooling and discovered unschooling, I KNEW it was the right thing for us… but I struggled to find that “voice” that spoke to my heart AND mind to guide me along the way until I discovered YOU! I have never met you, but I consider you a personal friend and feel as though we are cut from the same cloth! The discussions with you via skype, phone and email are ALWAYS spot on and exactly what I need to make it through and I am so grateful to have your kickass wisdom and leadership to learn from. I admit, I have caught myself saying WWDD and have considered making a bracelet…. after all, you are my cult leader! LOL!!! (Kidding) I can’t wait for Life Rocks! Much love!” ~Kristie Longan

-”Dayna, You have introduced me to an entire new universe of thinking; not just outside the box, but radical unschooling has completely destroyed the box!” ~Jennifer Beving

-”I feel that your advocacy for radical unschooling has been a beneficial challenge to my beliefs about where parenting meets our ‘traditional’ view of ‘education’. Though not everything resonates, hearing your views has been a great exercise in my on going practice of “keeping an open mind” so for that I am grateful for all that share.” ~Michelle Missm

-”Dayna, you’ve inspired me to spread the word about causes that I care about!”~Sophia Gubb

-”Your website and your blog inspire me. Through them you’ve helped me grow as a parent and an unschooler on difficult days I’ll often use them for reassurance and a lift in spirit.” Thank you xxx ~Karen Dalgado

-”Thanks to you sharing information and giving hands on help, I had two perfect, empowering births and am now looking into becoming a doula myself. You helped me help both of my sons enter this world into loving and peaceful relationships. Much love to you! “~Jandy Mordan

-”I read your book, I cried, I felt vindicated. I am Unschooling my four girls now ages 10-15 and feel I am doing what is right for each of them. My efforts have been recognized and am speaking at a HSing panel in my state!” ~Margot Keyes

-”Your work has given me the mental space to pause when my culturally trained thoughts are going one direction (frustration with whatever the current circumstance is) and go “wait….IS there another way? Yes! Maybe I CAN just make peace with this and it doesn’t mean I’m a BAD MOM” I also first heard the term unschooling from your work, and your experiences have me thinking more about eating raw, though I am decidedly in the thinking only stage of that right now!” ~Kristine Mannion

-”Your family has inspired ours incredibly so glad to be on this path breaking old patterns, gaining back our freedom, relearning to trust ourselves, it gets easier and more powerful each day. Life is good:-) thank you Martins! “~Holly Mills

-”You have touched my life in profound ways. Not just your Unschooling work but your centeredness, calmness and grace as a person inspires me.” ~Sally Ariad

-”Your nurturing approach, relaxed spirit and comforting words were so helpful to me during my breastfeeding difficulties. You listened to me and helped me relax to do what worked for us. It was such a gift not only to me but my daughter. With your help we worked through our issues and I was able to successfully nurse both my 2 daughter’s and soon my 3rd baby. I am forever grateful to you for this. Your lifestyle makes me stop and ask myself before I say “NO” I think about how you would approach a situation. I love your free spirited lifestyle and hope to embrace it more in the future.” ~Kellee Quinn

-”When I watch your videos I feel good knowing there are others out there like us. I wish we lived in a place surrounded by beautiful like minded people like the Martin family! Thank you Sparkiling Martins!!!” ~Kathy Silverwhee

-”Via your advocacy work you have given me my first professional speaking gig! Yay! ” ~Alexander Berger

-”You have shown me that kids can be kids and learn. Before that I didn’t understand the concept of unschooling. “~Angela Prince Seigler

-”A friend let me barrow your book, “Radical Unschooling.” It has done wonders for my family…. For me! It has taught me to relax and enjoy my kids! I am looking into to unschooling I have actually been fallowing you for the past week watching any video of you I can ect. I read your book in one day! Which is unheard of for me! I just need that last push to unschool because the way I grew up is drilled in my head! Love you so much! I am praying I will make it to one of your conferences!!!!!! “~Amber Richardson Thompson

-”We have been natural learners since birth and reading about you and Joe and your family, gave me the confidence that it was exactly the life we were meant to embrace.we live,we love,and we learn through life I think our girls have taught us more about life,we are so blessed.” ~Belleviolette Rubyrose

-”Well…I walked out of my son’s ex-school after three weeks.My son didn’t fit in the box and after many tears from both he and I we decided to find another way. The day the teacher told me I had to talk to his doctor about his symptoms..which consisted of tickling, laughing and rolling on the floor…after expressing they would let him just work on some social skills, I knew school wasn’t right for us. He was too smart, he was too young, he was so well spoken but just a little too hard to handle…it went on and on….I did what I felt I had to do and what I wanted to do since he was born, I decided to let him live instead. I don’t know anyone else who’s doing this close by to me or even in our span of friends so we’ve been feeling alone…confused and wondering if we’re doing this right or even just heading in the right direction. Then I found your website. The more I read and watched..the more I realized We’re not alone. You’re here…you’re helping people and you make sense! You give me a resource and an example to those who think I’m damaging my child. I guess what you and your family do the best is give us, the beginners of this journey, a strong ray of hope. So on that note..thanks:) You’re joining together a like minded society that seemed to be so far and few”. ~ Cara Keane

-”Dayna, you gave me the courage to switch from homeschooling to unschooling” ~Toby Lee Bonds

-”I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for changing my life. Last summer we decided to try homeschooling our daughter, and while looking for resources I found your blog. Not only did it change how Not only did it change how we viewed education and parenting, it changed how I viewed relationships. I let go of worrying what others thought of my decisions and opinions, and acted from my heart instead of my fear. Also, by seeing children and especially my children as compete human beings with their own internal worlds, their own wants/needs/desires, and released the need to control everything about their lives, I was able to trust other adults more and most importantly I am beginning to trust myself more. You just spoke my language in a way that rocked my world. Thank you.” ~Wendy Smith

-”After seeing you speak at the unschooling conferences here in Australia, Dayna Martin so much has changed in our family. Working towards living in freedom and joy has meant we are so much closer/connected and “in love” and absolutely loving life, every part of it! Excited about our unschooling or natural learning journey where our two beautiful girls 2 and 4 are able to be free to choose what they eat, when they sleep, what, how when they play, discover, experience life all from a place of balance and caring for each other. It has been truly life changing from one moment to the next as I am able to let go of old ways and ideas. My sister and I had a one on one session with you in Airlie Beach and learnt so much from that hour with you.. I so LOVE your work and am grateful for the gifts you and your family are giving to the world” xx ~Penny Cullen

-”When I am feeling anxious about unschooling with my daughter I quickly pull up a ‘Dayna Martin’ video to help me chill out. You (and your family) have and continue to be an inspiration, Dayna. In one day (yesterday as a matter of fact), my daughter was able to take a self defense class, pottery class and is now on day 2 of 3 taking a shaman class. She is free to do and choose so many wonderful activities.
Nothing can replace this precious time ‘with’ our children. Thank you so much, Dayna and family.”~Cher-Ami Rose