My Top 10 Advantages (and some Criticisms) About Unschooling

Deb Lewis shares a few advantages she noticed unschooling her son over the years. She provides some insight into some of the criticisms that occasionally surface about unschooling too.   There are advantages, profound and beautiful, silly and fun, to letting your child skip school, every day, for thirteen years. As you’ll see, some of Read More

Reluctant Spouses

You love the idea of unschooling, but your spouse isn’t convinced it’s the best option. Maybe you’ve been joining groups and reading blogs and you’re SOO onboard – it makes total sense. But he (though it’s not always the “he”) isn’t interested in really reading much about it. After all, he’s working extra hours so Read More

Mom! I’m bored!

People write a lot about the benefits of letting kids be bored. And while that may give kids the opportunity to figure things out, I tend to want to help them when they are uncomfortable. My family was an average suburban middle class family. In the beginning, my kids went to school just like everyone else. Read More

Dealing with Naysayers

Here we are in the holiday season celebrating with friends and family, some of whom we haven’t seen in a while. While that’s exciting, it can also be a little nerve-wracking. No one can push our buttons like family, right? When your sister asks why your 9-year-old isn’t reading yet or your uncle wants to Read More

50 Comebacks for Homeschooling Naysayers

(collected from the internet, conversations, and a couple of decades of living it) About Socialization 1. “Socialization? That is why I homeschool.” 2. “Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a Read More

When People Quiz Your Kids

We don’t live in an unschooling bubble, do we? Our kiddos have to get out there in the community and brush up with people who have no idea what we’re trying to do. And while that’s a good thing, in general, it can be tough when they’re faced with An Interrogator.  Maybe it’s Aunt Jeannie Read More