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The Teen Years…

For some reason, unschooling a teenager often freaks people out. We’ve been conditioned to think they need to “buckle down” because the finish line is near. Unschoolers know differently. Learning doesn’t end at 18 – it’s lasts a lifetime! Plenty of time exists to figure everything out.

For teens who have struggled at school – this will be such good news. No more racing to compete, problems with bullying and peer pressure, or feeling disconnected from a meaningful life. Unschooling can open up a whole new world.

And for those who have been homeschooling or unschooling in the younger years, it’s good to hear from others who have done this. You don’t have to recreate a school setting in order to ensure success. Promise.

6 SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING YOUR TEEN

Find out how much EASIER your lives can be once you know these facts.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR TEEN’S BEHAVIOR

Understanding what’s going on with your teen’s still-developing brain will help you see why they make some of the choices they do. In this blogpost, 6 helpful articles have been identified that are sure to give parents more clarity.

LEARNING FROM THE TEENS

Sometimes it helps to hear from those a little further down the path. When teens and young adults were surveyed in Homeschooled Teens, they shared candidly about what their lives were like during the teenage years. Instead of seeing their family’s educational choice as putting them at any disadvantage, they found the opposite to be true. Their list of advantages because of their educational path fell into six categories…

SIX STEPS TO PARENTING TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

The internet is full of tips for parenting younger children. Either they expect that you’ve figured it all out by the time they’re teens, or you’ve just put up the white flag of surrender.  But how you deal with teens and young adults and the situations they present will make all the difference in how your relationship is going to be.​

TEENS AND SLEEP

Do you know about the physiological reasons teens want to sleep more? Let’s look closer at the idea of practicing this structured daytime schedule

ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?

Unschoolers spend lots of time together – and for the most part, it’s an exciting fun adventure! Yet sometimes, even the best unschooling mom can get tired or distracted.  ​


“I’M NOT YOUR FRIEND, I’M YOUR MOTHER!”

If we really look at the advice people have shared through generations, we might discover that much of it isn’t even applicable. For instance, we’ve all heard this battle cry. But what does that really mean? Is it impossible to be both? Do we really want both?   

 WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE? | Pam Laricchia
Pam discusses college and options from an unschooling perspective.

TEENS REAP WHAT THEIR PARENTS SOW | Pam Laricchia
Examining the role of parents and how that impacts the lives of unschooled teens

A SURVEY OF GROWN UNSCHOOLERS | Peter Gray
Dr. Gray published a series of articles in Psychology Today revealing  his research findings about grown unschoolers.

ARTICLE COLLECTION | Life Learning Magazine
Wendy Priesnitz has a section on this page with all of their online articles about unschooling/homeschooling teen years. Scroll about halfway down.

UNSCHOOLING AND TRUST IN THE ADOLESCENT YEARS: TEEN REBELLION REVISITED | Idsie Desmaris
Idsie is a grown unschooler who writes about her experiences

UNSCHOOLING TEENAGERS |John Holt Collections
Huge resource with links for books, info about apprenticeships, gap year programs, colleges, and more.

ZERO TUITION COLLEGE | Blake Boles
An “online community of self-directed learners who educate themselves without college.”

COLLEGES THAT ACCEPT HOMESCHOOLERS
Karl Bunday | LEARN IN FREEDOM

Karl has been following colleges for decades and has been the GoTo resource to find out how homeschool-friendly different colleges and universities are. 

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FROM THE HOMESCHOOLER POST:

DON’T BE MISLED (BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS)
Wes Beach

ELITE COLLEGES NOT NEEDED
Wes Beach

DISCARDING ASSUMPTIONS
Wes Beach

TOP DOWN VS BOTTOM UP
Wes Beach

THE TRICKIEST “R” OF ALL
Cathy Earle

If You’re Worried About the Teen Years?

Get this book!

Book Review of  HOMESCHOOLED TEENS | Pam Laricchia
An engrossing look into the minds and hearts of the “unconventionally educated,” and a great addition to the unschooling-related books available.​

A Book Review: Homeschooled Teens Patrick Farenga
A great book to help you determine how you and your teenager can flourish and blossom with homeschooling.

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Camps and Conferences for Unschooled Teens


Group Coaching with Sue Patterson

Next Steps…

If you have specific questions about unschooling your teens – bring them over to our main Facebook group. Experienced unschoolers are in there every day and they’re happy to help you figure this all out.


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