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When Your Toddler Hits Your Baby- OFF031

It's something no parent really anticipates when they start adding more children to their family, but it happens way more frequently than most people like to acknowledge. Gaining a sibling can bring our kids a lot of joy, but it also brings out a number of complicated emotions that they might not be quite ready to process. Why is mommy spending so much time with this new kid when she used to spend more time with me? Why is that baby crying when we are in the middle of a game? And a number of...


Boredom – OFF030

Humans have evolved over many millions of years to feel bored sometimes. Whether we're on a long plane ride, or just sitting around the house with "nothing to do," our minds are clearly hard-wired to occasionally send us the signal that we are bored. So why are conversations around boredom so painful between parents and kids? In this episode James and Taylor discuss how they approach these different types of "boring" situations with their kids. They talk about how to validate children's...


Ollie- OFF029

James and Taylor welcome their first guest ever onto One Free Family - their fist son, the 8 year old Ollie! They ask Ollie what it's like to be unschooled, how he learns without formal instruction, what's hard about being self directed all the time, and what we could do better as parents. Ollie then turns the tables and interviews us for a bit! Enjoy!


Having Healthier Disagreements- OFF028

The idealized family that never disagrees about anything simply doesn't exist. Given that disagreements at home WILL happen, how can we help them to be as productive and healthy as possible? In this episode, Taylor and James share their ideas for how we can have fewer unproductive and recurring disagreements while working through the healthier disagreements more effectively. Disagreements are a great time to help everyone in the family feel seen and heard, and they don't always have to be...


Seeing Child Freedom in Action at Camp Stomping Ground - OFF027

Last week James and Taylor took their kids to the sleepaway summer camp they co-founded - Camp Stomping Ground - and now they are back and full of thoughts. They talk about what it's like to be in community with 100+ kids who are all free to do basically whatever they want, what they learned about their own kids, and a lot of the child-development issues that are present themselves when you get so many kids of all different ages together in community. Are kids "lazy" when left to choose...


Combating Ageism - OFF026

Over time, we've seen various marginalized groups gain more freedom over time, but one marginalized group that is almost never discussed as marginalized is children. In this episode, James and Taylor share examples of where ageism is directed against children, and how we can try to be less ageist in our own interactions. They also talk about how we can empower our children to be confident and self-reliant even in a world that tells them that they shouldn't be.


Navigating Relationships When Parenting Styles Differ - OFF025

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt pressured to parent your kids differently than your instincts tell you to, or than how you have planned? Maybe you don't have restrictions on screen time, but your friends and their kids do. Perhaps you're hanging out with friends and they discipline their kids in ways that you don't agree with. How can we navigate these situations and keep our relationships in tact? James and Taylor share how they've come to handle situations where they are...


Supporting Our Kids' Learning Process Without Taking Over - OFF024

One of the most common concerns we hear from parents considering helping their children to become more self directed in their learning is that they wouldn't know where to begin. In this episode, Taylor and James talk about their approach to helping their children pursue their passions and learn about the things that interest them while being mindful to not take over the learning process.


BONUS with Jake Desyllas - OFFBonus1

An interview with Jake Desyllas from The Voluntary Life podcast. James and Taylor explain their approach to peaceful parenting and unschooling. We had a great discussion about questioning the concept of self-directed learning, and many other interesting topics.


The Difference Between Consequences and Punishment - OFF023

As peaceful parents, we hope to avoid punishing our kids in order to "teach them a lesson." But what about times where we simply have to intervene in order to keep our kids and others safe? Will our kids learn to respect others if we try to help them learn without punishments? What are some ways we can help our kids see how their behavior is affecting others? Join Taylor and James as they talk about their experiences helping kids through these challenging times. Resources: The Whole...


What do you want to be when you grow up? - OFF022

We spend so much time asking kids what they want to be when they grow up, but what do we do to help them think more clearly about it? In this episode, James and Taylor talk about helping kids to think in an entrepreneurial way, to pursue their passions, and develop their own playbooks for improving at things they care about. They also talk about the importance of making our kids' interests more about them and less about our...


Food Freedom?- OFF021

What we put into our bodies is one of the most personal decisions we make each and every day. It can be tricky to figure out how to approach food with our kids when we're trying to honor their autonomy and also help support them to be healthy in the short and long term. Taylor and James talk about their own uncertainty around this and share their experiences and how they currently approach food with their family.


Is consistency in parenting overrated? - OFF020

“Kids need consistency!” But must parents really have to be consistent for better parenting?


Kids and Money - OFF019

Teaching kids about money is one of the most important things you can do for your child, as a responsible parent. In this episode, James and Taylor talks about why it is so important to give your children a firm financial education.


Making Sense of Sleep Struggles - OFF018

Sleep deprivation is not a joke for new parents and kids. James and Taylor give out tips and other strategies to cope with this common problem.


What we learned about traveling with kids from 8 days in England- OFF017

Traveling with your kids can be extremely challenging. In this episode, James and Taylor share their story and tips during their recent trip to England.


Comparison Trap - OFF016

Comparison is a common approach to ascertain the performance of your child. But did you know that comparing children fuels unnecessary worry and unhealthy competitiveness in both parents and children?


The First Hour of The Day- OFF015

This episode is about steps you can take to give each day the best chance at being a success. Things you can do the night before, ongoing mindset work, and things you can do as you wake up to make each day with your kids a good one.


Toddler Troubles - OFF014

Do you know what's going on inside your toddler's head? In this episode, James and Taylor discuss how they think, what triggers their behavior, and how you can help with your toddler's development. CALMS from Carrie Contey


Strategies for Changing Things when Change is Hard - OFF013

Parenting is rewarding, but requires hard work, especially when things change. James and Taylor talk about dealing with changes in your everyday routine and sleepless nights, as parenting can take lots of energy, emotional commitment, and patience. Links: