Australian Advocacy

It has been an amazing summer! I have been traveling off and on for several weeks now. I spoke at the Conscious Parenting and Natural Learning Conference in Australia this August. It was winter there during my stay and it was cold! What an experience to have a 14 hour time difference AND season change! I adjusted perfectly and never experienced jet lag or any negative affects from the change.

As far as the conference goes, I think changing the name from an Unschooling Conference to the Conscious Parenting Conference was a good idea. They attracted many new families who came and were transformed by what they have learned who may not have come if they left it with the original name, “The Australian Unschooling Conference.” The word “Unschooling,” really scares some people off. I have since changed the name of my own conference just slightly.  There are many labels for Unschooling, like  – Natural Learning, Organic Learning, Whole Life Unschooling and Partnership Parenting. Not everyone supports the label, “Unschooling,” and I think shifting the name a bit was a good move on their part.

In Australia, my schedule was packed with presentations and one on one sessions all day in between my talks. I fell into my bed every night. It was well worth my time there, and I know that I helped many people understand what respectful, peaceful parenting is all about. Spending time with Naomi Aldort was nice as well. She has some very strong beliefs that she advocates with passion. We do disagree on a handful of topics, but it was great that both views were represented at the conference. Our ideas surrounded topics such as TV, foods, such as sugar, and video games were highlighted differences. We never discussed these differences and instead  focused on all that we had in common with foods and our passion for helping parents and children live together with more respect, love and kindness.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Brit and Maree, the conference organizers, and their families during this trip. I stayed with both of them in their homes and their hospitality and generosity were amazing. I felt like part of their families and I will never forget the time I spent with their children. I miss them all very much and I look forward to seeing them all again someday. They showed me around the area and we visited a Koala Sanctuary and we explored the city of Brisbane. I am grateful for the love and friendship they have shown me.

I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to hold a koala bear. I cried tears of joy while I was looking into her eyes, so happy to be in that moment. I asked what her name was and the animal handler told me her name was “Justice.”

I knew that I was exactly where I needed to be.

~Peace & Love, Dayna

 

Comments

  1. Loved an interview of yours. Wonder how you would respond to abuse in unschooled household? My adopted son used his freedom to abuse children. Thoughts? When things go wrong?

  2. Hey, I have recently stumbled across this unschooling way raising up your kids, Im still a few years off having any of my own.

    Whats conflicting within me is I live in Australia and we are forced to send our kids to state run “education”. There is the possibility of homeschooling but you have to follow a strict syllabus and jump through a lot of hoops and non-sense..

    What I would like to know is there anyone you know that unschools their kids in Australia or at least homeschool them with as much freedom and little government interference as possible, is this even possible?

    I am worried that when my kids grow up later on that they will ask me “why did you send my to public school when you knew what it really was” and I know there is a gun to my head in this scenario but I still cant justify sending them to school

    What can I do in Australia?

    Thanks for any help

    Wout

    • Rosemary Wilson says:

      There are thousands of unschoolers in Australia. Many of them registered. The hoops are easily dealt with. You just use education language such as “interest driven, child centred approach”. Look around your house, community, friends, social groups etc and find all the areas of learning that you and your children encounter. Diarise and photograph it daily for your own memories as well as for the authorities. You document the learning that has occurred over the past 2 years and document that as what you will be covering over the next two years. Place the learning list under the subject headings and they will be happy! I was one of the first people to get natural learning through the authorities and have shown many people how to do so. Don’t stress too much – it is only 1.5 hours every 2 years – if you choose to go that road – many don’t

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