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. I promise.
We have a lot of resources here for you! Pace yourself. Come back to read a little bit more. Unschoolers who immerse themselves in the resources tend to have more success. Dealing with the criticisms that come from the world (our friends/family, society in general) can be hard if you haven't read enough and strengthened your own foundation.
That's why we also have a this group coaching program that can help you, a free ebook, and all sorts of articles and videos below.
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My popular Creating Confidence Group Coaching program is adding new features specifically for families who are Unschooling Teens!
- Two EXTRA Group Coaching Calls per month!
- Monthly theme/topics
- Collection of articles that pertain to the teen years
You don't have to do this alone!
Thoughts About Unschooling Teens
Find out how much EASIER your lives can be once you know these facts.
Let's talk about what's worrying you! The "short answer" is No! It's not too late!
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.
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…
While the teenage years may be full of heightened emotions, raging hormones, self-esteem issues. They're basically trying to figure out who they are in this world. But why would we, as a society, think we need to take a more hands-off approach to raising teens?
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.
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.
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?
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.
More to Read...
From Wes Beach:
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.
11 GREAT REASONS TO SKIP COLLEGE | Blake Boles
Blake discusses myths and assumptions about the necessity of 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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