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Free yourself so you and your family can live a self-directed life that resonates with your beliefs and aspirations. Cecilie & Jesper Conrad, parents to 4, have been full-time traveling since 2018 & unschooling for +10 years. Every Thursday, they host insightful conversations with their expert guests, exploring topics such as Personal Freedom, Parenting, Unschooling, Traveling, Money, Personal Development, and what it means to live a self-directed life. Tune in weekly for a refreshing dose of inspiration and practical wisdom. And witness the Conrads' unwavering commitment to living life on their own terms.

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Denmark

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Free yourself so you and your family can live a self-directed life that resonates with your beliefs and aspirations. Cecilie & Jesper Conrad, parents to 4, have been full-time traveling since 2018 & unschooling for +10 years. Every Thursday, they host insightful conversations with their expert guests, exploring topics such as Personal Freedom, Parenting, Unschooling, Traveling, Money, Personal Development, and what it means to live a self-directed life. Tune in weekly for a refreshing dose of inspiration and practical wisdom. And witness the Conrads' unwavering commitment to living life on their own terms.

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English

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#64 Sue Patterson | UnschoolingMom2Mom - Connect more with your kids

4/17/2024
As I watched the light gradually fade from my child's eyes with each passing school day, I knew a change was necessary. This episode chronicles Sue's own metamorphosis from a traditional suburban parent trapped within the confines of the schooling system to a fervent unschooling evangelist. Sue bravely shares the trials and triumphs of her journey, offering a raw and insightful look at the necessity of preserving a child's innate curiosity and zest for learning that conventional schooling often fails to protect. Sue Patterson, a homeschooling mom with three grown “children” and nearly 30 years of experience, is also an author, unschooling coach, and podcaster. She helps families who are unhappy with their educational situations and shows them how learning more about unschooling will help. She is the human behind Unschooling Mom2Mom, available on all the social media platforms and offers courses, guides, group coaching programs, and private coaching. 🗓️ Recorded March 22nd, 2024. 📍@ The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States ▬ Connect with Sue Patterson ▬ https://www.facebook.com/unschoolingMom2Momhttps://www.instagram.com/UnschoolingMom2Momwww.YouTube.com/c/UnschoolingMom2Momhttp://www.UnschoolingMom2Mom.com/podcasthttp://www.unschoolingmom2mom.com/membershiphttps://suepatterson-unschooling.thinkific.com/courses/jumping-into-unschoolinghttps://suepatterson-unschooling.thinkific.com/courses/unschooling-mathhttps://www.unschoolingmom2mom.com/store/http://www.suepatterson.as.mehttp://www.UnschoolingMom2Mom.com/unschooling-support Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:05:41

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Da Ladies #8 | Embracing Curiosity: Unschooling as a Path to Authentic Learning

4/14/2024
Watching my children one lazy afternoon, unburdened by timetables and homework, I was struck by their innate curiosity. We embrace and celebrate this very authenticity in our little ones in our latest podcast episode. With my fellow wise women Carla, Sarah, and Luna, we weave a conversation around the unschooling movement—a radical shift from traditional education that nurtures a child’s natural inclination towards learning. We delve into the essence of childhood, free from the assembly line of conventional schooling, where learning rhythms are as unique as each child. Unschooling isn't just an educational choice but a lifestyle reverberating through family dynamics and community interactions. In this podcast, we illustrate the profound autonomy that unschooling can cultivate. Beyond the freedom from a Monday-to-Friday schedule, unschooling challenges us to realign our perspective on what growth and development truly mean—recognizing the inherent brilliance in every child. We explore the societal implications of this shift, envisioning a future where each learning journey's uniqueness is respected and cherished. Yet, this path is not without its obstacles. The art of unschooling requires parents to shed layers of ingrained educational paradigms—a process we refer to as 'deschooling'. Our discussion touches on the challenges of navigating family life when traditional parenting scripts are set aside. From redefining 'talking back' to simply 'talking' to the deep bonds formed through natural authority, we share our experiences of reshaping family dynamics. As we wrap up our episode, we leave our listeners contemplating the diversity within the unschooling community, encouraging a future of education crafted through trust, autonomy, and the individual brilliance of each child. 🗓️ Recorded March 30th, 2024. 📍@ The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States ▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬ Luna Maj Vestergaard: https://altomunschooling.dk/https://www.instagram.com/lunamajvestergaard/https://www.facebook.com/lunamajvestergaardCarla Martinez: https://planetaworldschool.com/https://www.instagram.com/ligronesenruta/https://www.facebook.com/ligronesenrutaSara Beale: https://www.renegademum.com/ Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:19:20

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#63 Rachel Rainbolt (Sage Family) | The Art of Parenting and Learning Without a Classroom

4/10/2024
When the world we've carefully crafted for our children comes into full bloom, it's nothing short of magical. Rachel Rainbolt joined us to share the rich tapestry of her family's journey through attachment parenting to the liberating philosophy of unschooling. Her reflections give us a window into how her children flourished as they pursued their passions, transitioning into traditional education with the resilience and self-reliance that unschooling fostered. As the Rainbolts' full-time traveling lifestyle came to a halt due to the pandemic, Rachel shares about the silver linings found in the quiet spaces of change and the anticipation of new beginnings as her children embark on their unique paths. 🗓️ Recorded March 21st, 2024. 📍@ The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States ▬ Connect with Rachel Rainbolt ▬ https://sagefamily.com/https://sagefamily.com/podcasthttps://www.instagram.com/sage.family/https://www.facebook.com/sagefamilies Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:01:23

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#62 Dr. Gordon Neufeld | Hold On To Your Kids: Unveiling the Power of Parental Attachment

4/3/2024
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dr. Gordon Neufeld's seminal book, "Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Matter More Than Peers," which he co-wrote with Dr. Gabor Maté. Gordon's work has transformed our understanding of child development through the lens of parental attachment. In this episode, Gordon shares the critical importance of maintaining strong, nurturing connections between parents and children. His insights delve into the complex dynamics of family and educational systems, advocating for a balance between togetherness and individuality and challenging prevailing attitudes toward parenting and education. Throughout our discussion, Dr. Neufeld emphasizes the intrinsic power of parental intuition and the need for parents to trust in their inherent capabilities to guide and support their children through life's challenges. We explore the concept of cascading care, highlighting the necessity of a supportive community in fostering resilient and emotionally healthy children. The episode addresses pressing issues such as the impact of societal pressures on adolescents, the debate over homeschooling versus traditional schooling, and the role of government in family life. Dr. Neufeld's passion for enhancing the parent-child relationship shines as he speaks about the transformative courses and initiatives undertaken by the Neufeld Institute to empower parents and professionals worldwide. This conversation reflects Dr. Neufeld's groundbreaking work and a forward-looking dialogue on cultivating deeper connections and a more supportive societal framework for the benefit of children and families everywhere. Whether you're a parent, educator, or someone interested in the profound impact of love and attachment, this episode offers invaluable perspectives and a hopeful vision for the future of parenting. 🗓️ Recorded March 28th, 2024. 📍 San Francisco, United States ▬ Connect with Gordon Neufeld ▬ https://neufeldinstitute.org/ https://www.facebook.com/NeufeldInstitute https://www.instagram.com/neufeldinstitute/ https://neufeldinstitute.org/conference-2024/ https://www.youtube.com/@neufeldmedia Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:58:14

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#61 Patricia Lohan | Fun with Feng Shui: A Path to Harmony and Empowerment for Self-Directed Living

3/27/2024
Do you respect yourself and the places you spend time in? Jesper shares his own journey from skepticism to "Hey, that is cool." When Jesper first heard about feng shui, he thought it was a weird mumbo jumbo since he had learned to love it. It is a great way to use the energy in your house. For this episode, we have invited Feng Shui expert Patricia Lohan, and we will explore the fascinating world of Feng Shui. This ancient practice harmonizes living spaces to promote balance and energy flow. Patricia shares her wisdom on infusing joy into decluttering and its impact on areas like wealth and well-being. Listen in as we uncover the philosophical roots of Feng Shui in Taoism and how these principles can lead to improved health, wealth, and harmony in modern living. Dive into the practical side of Feng Shui with us as we tackle the unique challenges of small living spaces and unconventional home layouts. Patricia provides invaluable tips on incorporating the five elements to enhance the prosperity area of a home and manage invisible energies for a harmonious environment. She even addresses the skeptics (like Jesper), acknowledging their doubts while presenting a structured, empirical approach to Feng Shui that has converted many into believers after experiencing positive changes in their own lives. Discover the power of creating a sacred space, whether you're living in a van or hopping between Airbnb locations, and how this practice can elevate your transient living experience. If you want to learn more from Patricia, then you can find a wealth of resources, including her mini-course, 'Feng Shui 101,' her book 'A Happy Home,' and her podcast 'Powerhouse Feng Shui,' on her website. See the links below. Tune in, get inspired, and let's start shaping a more harmonious future together. Connect with Patricia Lohan https://patricialohan.comhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/powerhousefengshuihttps://www.instagram.com/powerhousefengshui/https://patricialohan.com/podcast-live-your-dreams-awake/ Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:48:54

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#60 What about the social life of an unschooler | Sam KingDavis asks us anything

3/20/2024
In this special Ask Us Anything episode, we welcome back Sam KingDavis, the renowned street artist from Prague whom we interviewed for episode #17. Sam had many questions about unschooling, so we invited him to ask us anything for this episode. Together with Sam, we embark on a detailed exploration of how unschooling impacts socialization, family dynamics, and child development. This discussion delves into the unique social experiences of unschooled children compared to those in traditional settings, emphasizing the importance of cultivating a supportive social network and the enriched interactions that come with learning outside conventional classrooms. We share insights into the joys and challenges of guiding our children through their learning journeys without the confines of traditional education. This includes navigating legal requirements and emphasizing life skills such as financial literacy and emotional intelligence. The episode also highlights the profound family bonds that grow stronger without daily separations and the personal sacrifices involved in committing to an unschooling path. Closing with a reflection on the transformative power of unschooling, we discuss its ability to foster autonomy and self-driven learning, moving away from the dependency on external validation that often comes with conventional schooling. Inspired by Sam's curiosity and our experiences, this conversation offers a compelling look at the potential of unschooling to reshape education and family life. Join us for this insightful exploration into unschooling, guided by Sam's engaging questions and our shared journey toward a more personalized and fulfilling approach to learning. Podcast episode mentioned in this episode #34 Erika Davis-Pitre | Homeschooling as an Answer to Race-Based Educational Inequalities#51 Akilah S. Richards | Raising Free People - Unschooling from a Black Perspective#56 Jessica Jacobs | Dare to Innovate and Transcend Cultural HegemonyConnect with Samuel KingDavis Instagramwww.kingdavisart.comLearn Caricature🗓️ Recorded January 27th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:58:15

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#59 Four Arrows | Embracing Indigenous Wisdom, Sustainable Living, and the Journey to 'Enoughness'

3/13/2024
Join us for a riveting episode that journeys into the heart of Indigenous wisdom with Don Trent Jacobs, known affectionately as Four Arrows, a beacon of Lakota teachings and a profound advocate for American Indian rights. Four Arrows invites us into his world, sharing the story behind his evocative Lakota name, Wahinkpe Topa, and how it has guided his journey through life, education, and activism. His tales are a testament to the deep connection with Earth's rhythms and the transformative insights from Indigenous worldviews. Delve into a conversation that spans the vast landscapes of personal autonomy, counter-hegemonic education, and the pivotal moments that have defined Four Arrows' path, including a life-altering near-death experience. Explore the critical contrasts between Western and Indigenous perspectives on our relationship with the natural world, education, and societal structures, revealing how these views shape our learning paths and personal freedom. We discuss the integration of eco-conscious living in both rural and urban settings, igniting curiosity for a life in harmony with nature. The conversation takes a deeper dive into the untold stories of historical figures like Helen Keller, challenging us to rethink our education system and the importance of recognizing natural entities as legal persons. Four Arrows shares his courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, highlighting nature's healing powers and the significance of spiritual existence. This episode, wrapped in the resilience and spiritual beauty of the human spirit, invites you to discover the principle of "enoughness" and the enduring beauty found amidst life's trials. Tune in for an enlightening exploration that promises to shift your perspective and stir your soul. Episode links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siI8vxZZK5whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2lrZYJctuohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW_Mu8GN4T0https://www.fourarrowsbooks.com/🗓️ Recorded January 26th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:45:10

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#58 - Dr. Karin Lubin & Randy Crutcher | Shaping a Purposeful Life Through Passion and Health

3/6/2024
Jesper met Dr. Karin Lubin and Randy Crutcher when he worked as the marketing director for The Passion Test. Working on this wonderful project has been a life-changing journey of finding and following our true passions. Cecilie and Jesper probably wouldn't be full-time travelers without The Passion Test. It's life-changing—go check it out. This episode is very cozy. It is a reuniting of long-time friends. Together, we explore what Karin and Randy are up to today. The focus is on passion and health. We share stories of personal evolution and turning to health and wellness, shedding light on the struggles and victories of establishing better habits. From daily runs to significant weight loss and mental clarity, our experiences offer encouragement to those aspiring to prioritize wellness in their life's journey. Discover the importance of consistency, the adaptation to our changing bodily needs, and the joy of recognizing personal progress. With a mix of humor and wisdom, we compare our diverse health strategies and share resources to support your own journey toward vitality. This episode is a heartening exploration of making incremental, meaningful changes toward our best selves. Tune in for an educational and uplifting exchange that celebrates the beauty of personal growth and self-care. 🗓️ Recorded January 23rd, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode links https://drkarinlubin.comhttps://drkarinlubin.com/exercise-for-health/ https://drkarinlubin.com/faster-way/ Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:57:40

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#57 - Lucy Aitkenread | Being a parent is a gateway to Self-Discovery: A Journey Towards Community, Connection, and Healing

2/28/2024
When Lucy AitkenRead swapped the serenity of her yurt for the lively hum of town life, it wasn't just a change of scenery—it was a pivotal shift in her family's journey. Our conversation with Lucy delves into how this move, prompted by a craving for community and connection, wasn't solely for her children's benefit. It also marked a turning point in her own healing process, intertwining the principles of unschooling with the intricate dance of parental self-discovery. Throughout this episode, we peel back the layers of how our own growth as parents deeply influences the unschooled environment, fostering a space where learning and growth can flourish organically for our entire families. This episode takes you through the ebbs and flows of self-development, where the practicalities of daily life meet the profound. We explore the 'rhythm method' of healing and the wisdom in embracing the cycles of personal growth, finding spirituality in the simplicity of peanut butter sandwiches, and the mindfulness of our everyday tasks. It's about discovering the extraordinary within the ordinary and understanding that our spiritual journey can be rooted in the very essence of our day-to-day existence. Together with Lucy, we discuss how these subtle shifts in perception can transform not just our approach to unschooling but the way we navigate all facets of our life. Embracing life's seasons and the transformations that come with them, this episode is a heart-to-heart on the different 'faces' we encounter. We share personal narratives of self-improvement, from conquering annoyance to making life-altering decisions like quitting drinking, and consider how these choices reflect in our relationships and well-being. 🗓️ Recorded January 22nd, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Connect with Lucy AitkenRead https://discolearning.comhttps://lulastic.co.ukhttps://www.facebook.com/LulasticAndTheHippyshakehttps://www.instagram.com/lucy_aitkenread Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:53:11

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#56 - Jessica Jacobs | Ditchschool: Passion-Driven Learning and Early College Experience

2/21/2024
Ditch School, where unschooling meets early college, challenging educational norms. Jessica Jacobs is the founder of Ditch School. Jessica's sons' quest for knowledge led them beyond the confines of traditional schooling to embrace unschooling, paired with early college experiences. She challenges the status quo, advocating for education that aligns with a child’s curiosity and passion rather than rigid curricula. Our discussion sheds light on the flexibility and innovation at the heart of Ditch School, offering insights into how personalized learning paths can lead to remarkable outcomes. Jessica also touches on the practicalities of blending unschooling with academic goals, the importance of mentorship, and fostering a community where children can thrive on their own terms. At Ditchschool, students are empowered to lead their learning journeys, exploring beyond textbooks to find their passions and potential in the real world. 🗓️ Recorded January 21st, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode links https://www.ditchschool.org/ https://www.petalslearningcommunity.org/ Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:01:24

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#55 - Sandra Dodd | The Unforeseen Benefits of Unschooling - Healing past traumas

2/14/2024
Unschooling profoundly impacts both children and parents. For many parents, the process of deschooling themselves is a journey of personal growth and healing. By allowing your children to thrive free from academic pressures, you also foster a unique space for parental reflection and development. Together with Sandra Dodd, we delve into 'The Unforeseen Benefits of Unschooling: Healing Past Traumas.' Sandra draws intriguing parallels between the care we offer to our children and the nurturing we extend to ourselves. We uncover how embracing the unschooling philosophy can lead to a harmonious existence that respects natural growth and learning rhythms. Join us in this episode as we explore not just an educational alternative but a gateway to a more compassionate and authentic way of living. 🗓️ Recorded January 17th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode links: https://SandraDodd.com Just Add Light and StirLinks for articles and thoughts on the internet, unschooling, and videogames https://sandradodd.com/unexpectedhttps://sandradodd.com/healinghttps://sandradodd.com/mindfulofwordshttps://sandradodd.com/mindfulnesshttps://sandradodd.com/issueshttps://sandradodd.com/feedback/rippy Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:13:48

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Better Dad Podcast # 1: Conflicts and how we solve them!

2/12/2024
Jesper Conrad and Martin Cooke have started The Better Dad Institute. This episode is the first of their podcast series, which is simply called 'Better Dad Podcast.' The goal is to explore topics together, daring to be vulnerable and sharing. A Podcast version of what goes on in The Better Dad Circles. Details about this episode: As a father, I've often found myself locked in a silent battle over who's right, especially with my kids. My co-host Martin and I tackle a struggle head-on, sharing our personal experiences with parenting conflicts and our pursuit of growth beyond the need to 'win.' We peel back the layers on handling arguments as I confess the lessons learned from my psychologist wife's techniques in conflict de-escalation. Together, we navigate the rough waters of family dynamics, offering insights on how to turn heated moments into opportunities for deeper connection and understanding. Parenthood thrusts you into an arena where every day is a learning experience; this episode is no exception. We reflect on the courage it takes to be vulnerable with our children, revealing how this openness can repair and strengthen the parent-child bond. Sharing our traditions and engaging in interests alongside our kids pave the way for a more harmonious family life. 🗓️ Recorded February 5th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode links https://www.betterdadinstitute.com/ https://jesperconrad.com/Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:50:00

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#54 - Sandra Dodd | Unschooling thoughts on gaming, YouTube and the internet

2/7/2024
Where do you stand on gaming, YouTube, and the internet? It is a difficult subject. So many thoughts and strategies. Together with Sandra Dodd, we explore the complexities of the digital age with an open mind. We hope this episode will help you redefine parental boundaries, encourage independent thinking, and cultivate a relationship with technology that allows your children to thrive. 🗓️ Recorded January 17th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode links: https://SandraDodd.com Just Add Light and StirLinks for articles and thoughts on the internet, unschooling, and videogames https://sandradodd.com/ruleshttps://sandradodd.com/videogameshttps://sandradodd.com/onlinesafety Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:55:57

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Da Ladies #7 | Embracing Unschooling: Practical Strategies for Nurturing Self-Directed Learners

2/7/2024
We explore practical strategies for nurturing our children's natural curiosity and love of learning. Together with my three friends—Sarah Bealel, Carla Martinez, and Luna Maj Vestergaard, we get hands-on, shedding light on how unschooling unfolds in daily life. We share insights into how children learn to read without formal lessons and discuss parents' vital role as facilitators rather than traditional teachers, providing an environment rich with opportunities for self-directed learning. Listen in as we examine the evolving landscape of children's education, from the significance of play in early childhood to the transition towards more structured pursuits as they grow. We reflect on how our roles as parents adapt to support our kids' changing needs and learning styles. Discover how embracing flexibility and trust in the unschooling process allows for diverse learning experiences, from gaming and travel to real-world projects that teach traditional subjects like world history and mathematics in unconventional yet profoundly effective ways. We celebrate the personalized educational paths unschooled children take. Acknowledge the self-directed nature of their learning, which empowers them to make choices that align with their life goals and interests. Whether your child is drawn to academic subjects or alternative pursuits, this episode reassures you that unschooling is about respecting each child's unique journey, encouraging their innate capacity for reflection, and supporting them as they navigate their way through the rich landscape of knowledge and skills they choose to explore. 🗓️ Recorded February 2nd, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico ▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬ Luna Maj Vestergaard: https://altomunschooling.dk/https://www.instagram.com/lunamajvestergaard/https://www.facebook.com/lunamajvestergaardCarla Martinez: https://planetaworldschool.com/https://www.instagram.com/ligronesenruta/https://www.facebook.com/ligronesenrutaSara Beale: https://www.renegademum.com/https://www.instagram.com/the_renegade_mum/https://www.facSupport the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:20:03

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#53 - Jo Isaac | The Transformative Power of Self-Directed Education

1/31/2024
"I remember the day I threw the school bell out the window – figuratively, of course. It marked my family's leap into unschooling." Jo Isaac shares her journey through the transformative world of self-directed learning, where children lead, and education is as dynamic as the rhythms of life itself. Stepping away from the conventional classroom, we share how our roles evolved from enforcing lessons to fostering a nurturing environment ripe for curiosity and growth. Unschooling isn't merely an educational choice; it's a voyage of mutual discovery and personal development. In this episode, we explore the power of unschooling to shape relationships, with anecdotes about learning history through interactive play, assembling computers, and even those heart-pounding first driving lessons. It's about taking your child's hand and stepping into a world where learning is not confined to textbooks but explodes with vibrancy in every shared experience. We also touch on the emotional rollercoaster that comes with watching our kids mature into independence, an experience both sweet and poignant. Every moment holds the potential for learning, growth, and a deeper connection with our children. 🗓️ Recorded January 16th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode links Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:04:34

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#52 Robyn Coburn | From Doubt to Devotion The Unschooling Transformation

1/24/2024
Robin Coburn shares her journey from doubting to advocating the unschooling movement. Together, we uncover the beauty of reshaping family dynamics and nurturing a bond with children that is rooted in patience, openness, and understanding. Through Robin's narrative, you'll witness how unschooling paves the way for a non-authoritarian approach to parenting that abandons fear and control in favor of proactive solutions and a deeply supportive community. Tune in to hear how unschooling cultivates the pursuit of personal interests, enabling children to thrive by exploring their passions rather than following a rigid curriculum. Episode links: 🗓️ Recorded January 10th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:25:35

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#51 Akilah S. Richards | Raising Free People - Unschooling from a Black Perspective

1/17/2024
Akilah S. Richards guides us through her transformative journey, highlighting the significance of unschooling seen from a Black perspective. We navigate the challenges faced in the unschooling journey, especially within the context of Black families. Akilah underscores the importance of nurturing creativity, autonomy, and play in education and how these elements are critical in fostering a liberated and holistic learning environment. In 2016, Akilah published the first episode of Fare of the Free Child, a podcast for anyone considering parenting and leadership from a liberation lens. The podcast focuses on Black people, Native|Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC) families who practice unschooling and other forms of self-directed, decolonization-minded living and learning. Akilah also gave a TEDx talk on Raising Free People, sharing the now widely-celebrated philosophy, “We can’t keep using tools of oppression and expect to raise free people.” In 2020, she released her book 'Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work.' Join us as we delve into this enlightening discussion with Akilah S. Richards, exploring the impactful and healing world of unschooling from a Black perspective. 🗓️ Recorded January 9th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode Links https://www.patreon.com/akilahhttps://schoolishness.com/https://schoolishness.com/coaching/https://schoolishness.com/savorade-coaching/'Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work.' Support the showPODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:46:14

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#50 - Eric Balance | Crafting a Conscious, Intentional Life - From Addiction to Purpose

1/10/2024
We received an email asking if we were up for recording an episode with Eric Balance. We are living in a yes mode, so here is our talk with Eric. Eric has been through a transformative journey from a heavy addiction to dedicating his life to helping people live a more spiritual life. To embrace his own big life changes, he changed his name to 'Eric Balance,' reflecting his search for equilibrium. In this episode, we dive into the role of authenticity and conscious choice-making in achieving inner peace amidst life's challenges. We discuss practical ways to integrate spirituality into daily routines, emphasizing the balance between spiritual practices and the demands of daily life. As we conclude, we reflect on the simplicity of life and the importance of living in the present, thanking our listeners for being part of this enlightening experience. 🗓️ Recorded January 9th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Episode links https://ericbalance.com/https://balancemedia.ventures/https://www.youtube.com/@ericbalanceofficial/videos Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:00:54:54

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#49 - Q&A Episode with Just Josie | Journey into Unschooling and the Heart of Parenting

1/3/2024
We got an email with great questions from a listener. Instead of a long email answer, we invited Josie to interview us for an episode. Josie doesn't use her last name, so we lovingly call her Just Josie :) Josie is navigating the tides of raising young children while embracing the principles of unschooling. Josie's tale of transition from the simplicity of van life to the rich complexities of family life in California unfolds, offering listeners a glimpse into the world of alternative education and parenting. We share our story on how we see the impact of unschooling on early child development, the value of being attuned to our kids' natural learning rhythms, and how this approach can redefine traditional schooling paradigms. Parenting is far from a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and this episode delves into the nuances of creating a supportive learning environment that balances guidance with freedom. We tackle the weighty matter of parental insecurities head-on, disarming the societal pressures that come with developmental milestones. From mitigating sibling jealousy to the profound impact of teachable moments, we share strategies that fortify family bonds and empower children to navigate their own educational paths. This episode is a gentle reminder of the beauty and challenges inherent in fostering a child's independence from the earliest stages. As we unravel the complexities of sibling dynamics and the role of government in education, our conversation takes a turn towards advocating for minimal state intervention. The essence of unschooling comes alive as we envision a future where learning is self-directed, and the spirit of inquiry remains untethered by compulsory schooling. We call on parents to reclaim their authority, trust their instincts, and courageously support their children's unique journeys. 🗓️ Recorded December 17th, 2023. 📍Mexico City, Mexico Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:13:18

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#48 - Blake Boles | Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School?

12/27/2023
Blake Boles is an unschooling advocate and author of the book 'Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School' he also runs transformative teen programs called Unschool Adventures. In this episode, we also explore the transformative power of alternative education. We examine the conventional education system's limitations and champion personalized learning paths, inspired by notable educational theorists. As Blake, we have diverged from traditional career paths, and together we share our experiences and the growth that stems from independence and stepping outside one's comfort zone. Our discussion ventures into parenting, challenging the current trend of being overprotective. We advocate for a balanced approach to parenting and education, emphasizing the importance of listening to and supporting our children's unique paths. This conversation promises to be an enlightening exploration of self-directed learning, the joys of adventure, and the art of nurturing young minds for a diverse and vibrant educational future. 🗓️ Recorded December 11th, 2023. 📍Mexico City, Mexico ▬ Connect with Blake Boles ▬ https://www.blakeboles.com/https://www.unschooladventures.com/https://www.instagram.com/blaketotheboles/https://www.instagram.com/unschooladventures/https://www.facebook.com/unschool.adventureshttps://www.facebook.com/blake.bolesBooks by Blake Boles Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?The Art of Self-Directed LearningBetter Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year DegreeCollege Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to CollegeOther books mentioned in this episode: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think - By Hans RoslingThe Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children - By Alison Gopnik Support the show PODCAST INFO Podcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365 Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECT Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.family Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamily Twitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily

Duration:01:14:56