Unschooling

Unschooling, a homeschooling experience.

Parenting, Unschooling

From No to Yes

From No to Yes
I recently read an article in the New York Times called To Raise Better Kids, Say No. At first, my gut reaction was to say: "Really?!" because we say not to your children so often in our society. I often overhear parents at the park saying things such as: "No, you can't climb that. You're not big enough." "No, you…read more
Parenting, Unschooling

Discovering Unschooling, Uncovering Yourself by Guest

Happy Unschooling Child
We are very happy unschooling, actively aiming for happiness and peacefulness within our home (admittedly not always successful but we try). Eighteen months ago, I did not agree with homeschooling in any way, children must be educated to become ‘successful’ adults, they must go to school to learn how to socialise, to become independent…. blah blah blah .  Yes I…read more
Parenting, Unschooling

Authoritative Parenting is Bullying

Authoritative Bully Parent
The definition of the Authoritative Parenting style, according to psychologist Diana Baumrind in the 1960's is: "Authoritative parenting is a style characterized by reasonable demands and high responsiveness. While authoritative parents might have high expectations for their children, these parents also give their kids the resources and support they need to succeed. Parents who exhibit this style listen to their…read more
Parenting, Unschooling

What About Socialization?

Socialization of Children
When we tell people we homeschool, one of the most common questions asked is: "What about socialization?"  What does that mean? Let's discuss public school socialization for a moment. According to a study done by Dr. Michael Slavinski:  "The mass socialization conducted within schools has brought about a proliferation of delinquent behavior within this nation's youth, reports education researcher, Dr.…read more
Parenting, Unschooling

Racing Toward The Past

Racing toward the past
Our current educational system seems to be racing toward the past at a faster and faster rate, despite the fact we live in a new time, with new technology and new boundaries being crossed. In 1805, the New York Public School Society, formed by wealthy businessmen to provide education for poor children,  proposed a free educational system for the poor (This…read more
Unschooling

Are You Breaking the Law?

Homeschooling
Are you breaking the law by homeschooling? Sometimes it is just a matter of wording things properly or following a specific set of laws (by state or country or territory). Here in North Carolina, USA, we have to do standardized tests once a year. In Connecticut and Massachusetts we didn't have to do any of that. In other states here…read more