All posts by Becky

How to Help Your Child Make Meaningful Decisions

If I told you an 8 year old is perfectly capable of making her own decisions about what to learn, what would you think?I’ve gotta be nuts, right?  It’s crazy to give a child that much control, right?  Unschooling is educational neglect, right?A child that young is too immature to make such weighty decisions, right?Wrong. […]

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A Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Unschooling

The relationship between relaxed, eclectic homeschooling and unschooling is interesting.  A lot of families, myself included, come to unschooling through relaxed, eclectic homeschooling. As you relax more and more, straying further and further away from the sort of structure and style of a classroom, you realize loosening the reins has some unexpected benefits.  Homeschooling is […]

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6 Things Ridiculously Productive Homeschoolers Do

Ever had one of those days where you’re still in your pjs, the breakfast dishes are still in the kitchen sink, and you spent the last four hours binge-watching old episodes of Full House with your kids rather than accomplishing anything of any real value all day?In my house, we jokingly refer to those days […]

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3 Reasons You Don’t Need to Worry About Gaps in Your Child’s Education if You Are Homeschooling

A reader asked, “What do you do about gaps in your kids’ educations if you’re unschooling?”My answer, “Don’t worry about it.”If you’re already comfortable with a self-directed approach, you’re nodding in agreement.  Nothing new here.  But if you’re not, go ahead and pick your jaw up off the floor.Yes, I am serious.  Don’t worry about […]

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What About Classes, Curricula, and Teachers?

A reader asks, “What about classes, teachers, and curricula when you’re unschooling?”I know there are some within the unschooling community who are going to disagree with me on this.  They believe any teaching, any classes, and any curricula is antithetical to unschooling.  This is actually one of the reasons I prefer the term “self-directed homeschooling”.I […]

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7 Reasons You Need to Rethink Your Strategy If Your Kids Are Asking, “Why Do We Have to Learn This?”

If your kids are asking you, “Why do we have to learn this?”, it’s time to rethink your teaching strategy…because you’re missing the mark.  And here are seven reasons why:You’ve Effectively Put the Cart Before the Horse.You’ve given your kids the “what” – multiplication tables, spelling words, handwriting dittos, whatever – before they’ve had a chance […]

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You Don’t Have to Fear the Teen Years…and Here’s Why

“I still fit,” he says, in his 18-year-old man voice, as he sits his 180-pound man body on his mother’s lap and draws his knees to compact himself into a ball.  She’s squished, but she smiles anyway…enjoying the last few years she has with her boy before another woman will eventually replace her as Number […]

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You Want Your Kids to be Mediocre

“Why Our Parents Want Us to be Mediocre.”Yup, that was the subject line of an email I received from internet marketing guru Ramit Sethi the other day.  Of course, I had to read it, so good job with the interest-capturing subject line, Ramit.  Gotta give some kudos where kudos are due.And now onto the email.  You’re […]

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Rethinking Higher Education: How Isaac Morehouse and Praxis Are Expanding the Options Our Young People Have

Have you carefully crafted a rigorous, college prep high school education for your children?  Is every decision you make about their curricula, community service, and sports or clubs weighed against the holy grail of a letter of admissions from a prestigious university in mind?Are you dutifully making sure that they follow the scope and sequence […]

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Teach Your Children These 7 Fearless Ways Successful People Think

You want your children to lead successful lives, right?  I mean, we all do.  As parents, we hope that our children’s lives outshine ours: that they will be happier, healthier, more financially secure, and all-around better human beings than we are.  We sink our hearts and souls into raising our children in such a manner […]

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