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In this podcast, I share the LOVE and JOY of living an unschooling and gentle parenting way of life. I ponder ideas while telling family stories, chat to my unschoolers, and share strewing resources. Please join me!

In this podcast, I share the LOVE and JOY of living an unschooling and gentle parenting way of life. I ponder ideas while telling family stories, chat to my unschoolers, and share strewing resources. Please join me!
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In this podcast, I share the LOVE and JOY of living an unschooling and gentle parenting way of life. I ponder ideas while telling family stories, chat to my unschoolers, and share strewing resources. Please join me!

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English


Episodes

157: Fearing Our Kids Will Fail

7/18/2019
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This week, I'm discussing the following questions: Do things sometimes seem like they'll never change?Is 'grinned' a fabulous word?Do we notice and worry about things that relate to ourselves that others don't notice?Do our fears for our kids get in the way of encouraging them to do the things they enjoy?Can our fears deprive our kids of joy?Is failing really a big deal?What's my latest unschooling book idea?Where are we going when we take unschooling on the road?Does encouragement work...

Duration:00:27:35

156: Building Strong Relationships with Our Kids

7/12/2019
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This week, I'm sharing 3 stories about my young adult son Callum (who likes to grin!): How I Removed an Engine from a CarEngines, Muscles and Spending Time with DadMy Fridge AdventureI talk about building strong relationships with our kids by: Taking an interest in their passions.Spending time with them.Being daring and adventurous parents who like to have fun.As well, I talk about: Self-directed learning.Being honest.I also share a couple of reviews for my books Curious Unschoolers and...

Duration:00:27:22

155: Another Way of Looking at Our Unschooled Kids' Learning

7/7/2019
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This week, I'm sharing and discussing the story, Another Way of Looking at Our Kids' Learning. I talk about my teenager's morning: What Gemma-Rose didHow I could record that learning in terms of school subjectsAnd how I could think about her learning in another wayI also talk about the importance of play for both children and adults. And I share a couple of podcast reviews that I was thrilled to receive. A big thank you to The Simple living Mom and Home Ed Fam!! Show Notes Blog...

Duration:00:23:46

154: Stories from Radical Unschool Love

6/26/2019
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This week, I'm sharing some of the stories from my recently published unschooling book, Radical Unschool Love: Radical Unschool LoveThe Next Instalment of the Unschooling StoryNot as Wild as it SoundsUnconditional LoveAn Active Approach to Radical UnschoolingHow Radical Unschooling Might Not Look RadicalWhat if We Have Differing Beliefs and Opinions?I also have some odds and ends of news to share! Show Notes My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers:...

Duration:00:54:38

153: More Unschool Writing Ideas and Resources

6/18/2019
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My author daughter Imogen joins me for a bumper episode about unschool writing. In episode 148, we talked about how unschooling children learn to write. This week, we continue the unschool writing discussion by answering a couple of listener questions and then sharing some ideas and resources for anyone, young child to adult, who wants to improve their writing skills. We also talk about: The Global Homeschooling Summit and give a taste of Imogen and Sophie's interview.My...

Duration:01:19:46

152: Stories from My Closet

5/17/2019
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This week, I've taken my mic into my closet! Sitting amongst my clothes, I'm sharing: Why I'm in my wardrobe.My new book idea.How I was interviewed for the Global Homeschooling Summit.My Susan Skeleton story.A homeschool registration story from my book Curious Unschoolers.The birthday urn story.And the huge ornate mirror story.Of course, along the way, I'm also sharing some unschooling ideas! Show Notes My Unschooling Book Curious Unschoolers Youtube Sue...

Duration:00:53:30

151: Stories from 'Curious Unschoolers'

5/7/2019
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This week, I'm sharing the first 3 parts of my newly published book Curious Unschoolers. I hope these stories will give you an idea of what my book is all about. Perhaps after listening to them, you'd like to read the whole book! 6:27 Curious Unschoolers 7:06 Part 1: An Introduction 7:10 Something Important 10:33 The Friend Who Comes to Tea 13:08 Just in Case We’re Not Already Friends 14:53 A Book of Stories 17:22 Part 2: An Introduction to Unschooling 17:28 What is...

Duration:01:13:34

150: Unschooling Books and Bedtimes

4/12/2019
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This week, I'm chatting about unschooling and bedtimes. What if our kids want to stay up late?Can kids get up early if they have to?Do we sometimes want our kids to go to bed early because it suits us?What if we are criticised because of the way we parent our kids?I share lots of stories including one about entertaining unexpected guests in my pyjamas while feeding a baby. Also, I share My latest unschooling book newsAn excerpt from my book Curious Unschoolers.Some family news.And a few...

Duration:00:43:16

149: My Unschooler's Homeschool Registration Visit

3/24/2019
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This week, I'm sharing details of my daughter Gemma-Rose's homeschool registration visit. I discuss the following questions: Can registered homeschoolers unschool? How do we write homeschool plans when we don't know what our unschooling kids will be interested in?How can we fulfil homeschooling registration requirements without forcing kids to learn things they're not interested in? Is forced learning real learning?I also talk about: How we might be tempted to push our kids to use their...

Duration:00:43:32

148: Our Writing Unrules for Unschoolers

2/23/2019
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This week, my daughter Imogen and I are chatting about unschool writing. How do unschoolers learn to write? We share my writing unrules which are based on my observations of my children who all love writing. We talk about: Imogen's writing story: how she learnt to write, her university degree, how she is turning her passion for writing into YA novelsHow free play is the foundation for creative writingHow drawing is a form of writingHow we learn by following someone else's exampleHow...

Duration:01:09:47

147: A Big Chat About Unschooling Teenagers

2/9/2019
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My daughters Imogen and Sophie join me to talk about unschooling teenagers: What do teenagers need?Should parents introduce more structured learning during the high school years?Or do teenagers need to be free to continue to explore their passions?What should we do if a teenager doesn't appear to have any particular passions?What about ?Do parents keep teenagers safe by keeping a tight hold on them? Is this the responsible thing to do?Or do we keep teenagers safe by giving them their...

Duration:01:10:55

146: Finding Unschooling in Unexpected Places and Other Things

2/1/2019
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This week my daughters Imogen and Sophie join me to talk about: Imogen’s novel ‘The Crystal Tree’ and its sequel ‘The Shattering Song’ YA or Young Adult novels Imogen’s book review videos How parents hold the key to a child’s happiness How some parents push their kids to fulfil their own dreams The YA novel ‘A Thousand Perfect Notes’ Imogen’s opinion of my first unschooling book ‘Curious Unschoolers’How we’re getting on with the formatting and publishing of my unschooling book A progress...

Duration:01:07:29

145: Taking the Unschooling Yeti for a Test Drive

1/5/2019
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This week, my teenager Sophie joins me to test drive my new Yeti mic! Hopefully, our conversation sounds good! We talk about: Sophie's vlogging plansEncouraging children's ideasHow we shouldn't be afraid to try new thingsThe temptation to edit our pasts and rewrite our storiesThe temptation to delete early blog posts to eliminate our unschooling mistakesThe problem of looking like we've never made any mistakesHow we can impact other people's lives in a positive wayDo I have an online...

Duration:00:53:48

144: Reading Out Loud and a Generous Christmas

12/13/2018
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This week, I'm answering some questions about reading out loud: What is our reading out loud process?Should we have a time (for reading) built into the flow (of our day)?What if this time crowds out other projects our children are working on individually?How do we choose books? I talk about Why I never enjoyed listening to books being read aloud as a childHow I used to regard reading out loud as the dessert of my kids' education rather than the main course.How we should move over and let...

Duration:00:43:33

143: Respecting Kids and Christmas Presents

12/8/2018
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This week, I'm sharing some news about my unschooling book. I'm also sharing two stories, one about respecting children, and the other about perfect Christmas presents and love. And I'm discussing the following questions: Is it the right of every child to be respected?How do we show respect to children?Do we sometimes do things for our kids only because we want them to do things for us?Is it okay to buy and enjoy giving Christmas presents?Is it okay to look forward to receiving them?Can...

Duration:00:39:06

142: An Unschooler Talks About Life, Work and Dreams

11/29/2018
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This week, my teenage daughter Sophie (17) joins me to talk about: How she balances her busy unschooling life with workWhy it's important to trust kids and not squash their ambitionsWhy she is choosing not to go to universitySophie's dream to be self-employed and how she plans to achieve itHow a lot of people react when they hear Sophie is working full time in a cafeNaNoWriMo events and making friendsHow we need to believe in our kids and cheer them on Show Notes Podcasts Episode 133, A...

Duration:01:15:35

141: When a Child Is No Longer Gripped by a Passion

11/22/2018
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This week, I'm answering the question: "Have your kids ever been between interests?" I talk about: Exciting times when kids are gripped by a passionQuiet times when they appear to be drifting alongHow we can help our kids during quiet times by trusting and strewingSome strewing ideas Show Notes Blog Posts When Excitement for Learning Appears to Disappear Regaining Her Enthusiasm for Learning Preparing our Kids for an Unknown Future: Can We Do It? What Happened When I Strewed a...

Duration:00:27:57

140: Difficult Things

11/16/2018
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This week, I'm talking about things that are sometimes difficult: Letting kids do what they want even if there is a risk of failureTaking risks so that we continue to learnNot pushing kids to use their talentsBalancing the role of school teacher with that of unschooling fatherTalking to reluctant spouses about a desire to unschoolListening and building up trustWriting a 50,000-word novelLosing a childReaching out to those who are grieving Show Notes Pam Laricchia's Podcast Exploring...

Duration:00:54:27

139: Unschool Socialisation: Making Friends, Being Different

11/2/2018
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This week, I'm talking about unschooling and friends. Is it sometimes difficult for unschoolers to find kindred spirit friends because we're different?What if our kids don't have many friends?Do we need lots of friends in order to learn good communication skills and how to get on with other people? Of course, some unschoolers may be part of big unschooling groups and have no trouble finding like-minded friends! I'm also talking about NaNoWriMo and friendsMy unschooling bookHow I stepped...

Duration:00:51:31

138: Is Unschooling More Than a Method of Homeschooling?

10/27/2018
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This week, I'm discussing the question: Is unschooling a method of homeschooling? Or is there more to unschooling than that? Could it be a way of life? I'm sharing and discussing a story, Why Unschooling Isn't Just Another Method of Homeschooling I'm also talking about the issue of unlimited screen time againcriticism and the power of lovehow can we encourage kids to become the people they are meant to be? Show Notes Blog Post Why Unschooling Isn't Just Another Method of...

Duration:00:37:25