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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It's not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) Join me as I share ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources for living an unschooling life of unconditional love.

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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It's not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) Join me as I share ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources for living an unschooling life of unconditional love.

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So relatable!

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I see so much of myself in Sue and enjoy having someone out there who can speak to our shared experiences so deeply even though we’ve never met. I also simply adore her speaking manner (and delightful accent!). She comes across as calm, thoughtful, and compassionate, which we so need in a desperately hurried world. Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights, Sue!

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Thank you for your kind words and efforts for this podcast. I appreciate every word you say! Blessings on you and prayers for your endurance in this cause. ❤️.

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So relatable!

By Emily McCaff - Apr 04 2020
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I see so much of myself in Sue and enjoy having someone out there who can speak to our shared experiences so deeply even though we’ve never met. I also simply adore her speaking manner (and delightful accent!). She comes across as calm, thoughtful, and compassionate, which we so need in a desperately hurried world. Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights, Sue!

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Thank you for your kind words and efforts for this podcast. I appreciate every word you say! Blessings on you and prayers for your endurance in this cause. ❤️.
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Stories of an Unschooling Family

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Rank #1: 94: What Do Unschoolers Do All Day?

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This week, I share a few stories from a time when we used to ponder such things as:

  • was Helen of Troy still beautiful after ten years of war? Was she still worth fighting over?
  • are Elvis feet different from everyone else's? Why can't we walk in thongs (flip-flops, not underwear!)

I also talk about:

  • how we never used to unschool maths
  • how we sometimes deceive ourselves because we're not ready to face the truth
  • how unschooling is a continual learning experience for parents as well as kids
  • how I forgot something very important when we began unschooling

Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for the show notes. 

Also, I invite you to join me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page.

Thank you for listening. And if you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing an iTunes review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling! 

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0) 

Apr 20 2017

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Rank #2: 57: What's Stopping You From Unschooling?

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This week, I have lots to share. I seem to have regained my enthusiasm. (Thank you for last week's kind and encouraging comments!)

 
In this episode:
  • I share some of our unschooling story. Why did we start as unschoolers but then go in a different direction? How did we make our way back to unschooling?
  • I talk about obstacles that might be stopping people from unschooling
  • I discuss the question: Who can we trust when we're looking for unschooling info online? 
  • I tell a few family stories while pondering joy.
  • And I share lots of resources
Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family where you'll find the show notes.
 
You can find my children's novel The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon. (The Kindle version will be free from Fri 5th - Sun 7th February.)
Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Feb 03 2016

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Rank #3: 41: Chores and Our Typical Unschooling Day

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In this week's podcast, I talk again about typical unschooling days. 

I answer the following questions:

  • Are our unschooling days really as ordinary as I made them sound in last week's episode?
  • Do all unschoolers have similar typical days?
  • How can we get kids to help with the chores?
  • Can we encourage kids to do more than their fair share? Can they become generous without counting the cost?
  • Do I sometimes get fed up of being a good example? Do I sometimes fail?
  • And what resources do I share this week?
You can find the podcast notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. Please visit!Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Sep 06 2015

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Rank #4: 33: Starting Unschooling

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In this week’s podcast, I discuss the topic of starting unschooling.

  • Is moving to unschooling a big step for children?
  • How can we encourage children to get excited about their own learning?
  • What if a child just wants to sit in front of the television or computer?
  • Do adults and children have different ideas about what kind of learning is valuable?
  • And what about trust?
I also ponder the future of this podcast.
 
Please visit my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family for this episode's notes.
 
Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Jul 09 2015

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Rank #5: 124: Does Unschooling Work?

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This week, I'm discussing the question Does Unschooling Work? The answer, of course, depends on what we mean by the word 'work'.

I'm also talking about:

  • My fabulous Patreon patrons and the work I hope to do with their help
  • Camp NaNoWriMo
  • How kids learn new things when they have a need
  • How younger siblings think they are just as capable as their older siblings
  • How sorting out a problem isn't always as difficult as it seems
  • A new podcast idea which involves collaborating with other unschoolers

Show Notes

Patreon

My Patreon page

My Instagram Account

stories_ofan_unschooling family

My Unschooling Newsletter

Blog posts

Does the World Needs Unschooling?

Are We Incomplete Without Our Passions and Interests?

Youtube channels

Sue Elvis

Imogen Elvis

Sophie Elvis

Videos

What is Unschooling?

Mission: Surviving Holy Week

Music

Podington Bear's Sound of Picture

Writing

'NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo

4theWords

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. Maybe you'd also like to support my work by becoming a patron!

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Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or just stop by to say hello.

Apr 11 2018

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Rank #6: 160: Shall We Talk About Christian Unschooling?

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This week's episode is for my Christian unschooling friends.

I'm exploring the question: can Christians unschool?

I share some quick (and maybe muddled!) thoughts on such things as trust, freedom, unconditional love, passions and interests, respect, families, our missions in life, and forgiveness from a Christian unschooling perspective.

I didn't aim for a perfect podcast covering all aspects of Christian unschooling. Instead, I just wanted to share a few thoughts that might open up some conversations.

I'm also sharing an adventurous mother story from one of my children's novels.

Show Notes

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

My Children's Novels

The Angels of Abbey Creek

The Angels of Gum Tree Road

Blog Post

 Bringing God into the Unschooling Picture

The Curious Unschoolers Book Club

The Curious Unschoolers Book Club Is Now Open!

The Book Club Link

Where You Can Find Me

Youtube

Sue Elvis

 Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

Blog

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode. Are you interested in talking more about Christian unschooling? Join us in the Curious Unschoolers Book Club. And please join me on Instagram!

Aug 23 2019

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Rank #7: 164: Discouraged

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This week, I'm talking about:

  • How I'm feeling discouraged
  • The need to feel successful
  • A negative comment about technology and screentime
  • Letting go and moving on

I also share a story from my book, Radical Unschool Love, called The Beginning and End of Praise. 

Is it okay to praise our kids? Could praise be necessary, not only for our children but for us as well?

Show Notes

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

Blog posts

A Gradual Approach to Unschooling

Is it Really Okay to Give Unschooling Kids Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet?

Podcast

Episode 162: Asking for Help

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode.  Or you could just stop by and say hello!

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #8: 135: A Gradual Approach to Unschooling and More

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This week, I'm talking about how unschooling can be approached in a gradual way.

I'm sharing a story: A Gradual Approach to Unschooling.

And discussing the following questions:

  • Is a gradual approach the best way for many families to begin unschooling?
  • Is mutual trust between parent and child essential?
  • Is it really okay if our kids spend all day in front of screens?
  • Why do some kids have trouble self-regulating their screen time?
  • Is it wrong if parents want their kids to exercise and go outside?
  • How can we encourage kids to leave their screens?

Show Notes

Blog Posts

A Gradual Approach to Unschooling

Is It Really Okay to Give Unschooling Kids Unlimited Access to Screens and the Internet

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Perhaps you'd like to tell me what you think of my new look blog. Or just stop by and say hello!

Oct 05 2018

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Rank #9: 116: Why it's Important to Allow Kids to Follow Their Passions and Interests

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This week, I'm discussing the following questions:

  • Does planning have any place in unschooling?
  • Can we make attractive planners using Evernote?
  • Will I continue my Evernote workshop series?
  • How does balance fit into an unschooling life?
  • Why is it very important that we let our kids follow their passions and interests?
  • Is it okay to acknowledge our kids' talents?
  • Can we praise our kids?
  • Are we obliged to develop and use our own talents?
  • Can reality, lifestyle and documentary TV series provide us with lots of wonderful learning experiences?
  • How do we make homeschool record notes about TV shows we've watched?

Show Notes

My Evernote workshop series

50 Coloured Evernote Background Note Templates (to download)

Evernote and homeschool record keeping

My unschooling book series

Are We Incomplete Without Our Interests and Passions?

Should Unschooled Kids Live Balanced Lives?

Unschooling Sausages

The Big Painting Challenge (episodes available on Youtube at time of posting)

Blog posts about The Big Painting Challenge

Imogen Elvis on Youtube

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on today's episode. Or just stop by to say hello!

Dec 12 2017

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Rank #10: 117: Christian Unschooling and Other Things

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This week, I'm talking about:

  • Christmas in summer
  • Evernote planners
  • My blogging/podcasting plans for 2018
  • Christian unschooling
  • My faith story
  • Being open-minded
  • Doing the impossible
  • Letting go of control
  • How life can change in a moment
  • Snakes
  • Family news

Show Notes

Blog posts

Bringing God into the Unschooling Picture

Letting Go of Control

An Impossible Adventure

Imogen

Youtube channel, Imogen Elvis.

Facebook: Imogen Elvis

Instagram: Imogen Elvis

My Youtube channel

Sue Elvis

Podcast music 

Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider writing a review or rating this episode and sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on today's episode. Or just stop by to say hello!

Jan 18 2018

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Rank #11: 172: Discussing Books and Writing Stories

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This week, I'm talking about:

The unschooling things I've recently been doing.

Our new book club and how we're about to begin discussing my book, Radical Unschool Love.

How we can feel helpless when we lose our freedom.

How kids might feel if we're too afraid to let go of control.

My new blog, Where the Carol Birds Sing

I'm sharing a few stories from my new blog:

Battle

Daylight Saving

Look

And I'm sharing a story from Radical Unschool Love:

Perfectly Them

Show Notes

Blog posts

The Problem With Being Too Nice

Where the Carol Birds Sing

Battle

Daylight Saving

Look

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

Where You Can Find Me

My Stories of an Unschooling Family community

Email Me

Youtube

Sue Elvis

Blogs

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Where the Carol Birds Sing

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment.  I hope to see you inside my unschooling community. Perhaps you'd like to join our book club!

May 05 2020

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Rank #12: 29: What I Think Unschooling is All About

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This week, I tried something new because I've been having trouble turning the ideas in my head into the right spoken or written words. In this podcast, I use some old words. I tell a story (from my blog) in which ...

  • I talk about the label 'unschoolers'
  • I ask the question: are labels useful?
  • I describe what I used to think the word 'unschooling' meant
  • And I share what I now think unschooling is all about
Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to read the original post or any of my other unschooling stories!

May 06 2015

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Rank #13: 122: My Unschooling Teenagers' Typical Days

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This week, I'm sharing my teenagers' typical unschooling days. I'm discussing the following questions:

Is there such a thing as a typical unschooling day?

Can we have too many resources? Do our kids sometimes get overwhelmed by too many possibilities?

Are documentaries and lifestyle TV series a good source of learning adventures?

What TV series have Gemma-Rose and I been enjoying recently?

Why did I initially reject this episode?

Show Notes

Podcast

Episode 110: An Interview with a Teenage Radical Unschooler

Sophie's Youtube Channel

Sophie Elvis

Sophie's Vlog Series

A Week in the Life of

Videos

Back in Time for Dinner

Further Back in Time for Dinner

Back in Time for the Weekend

The Secrets of Your Food

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Website

Open Learn: Free learning from the Open University

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Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment on this episode. Or just stop by to say hello.

Podcast music: Twombly by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Mar 07 2018

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Rank #14: 42: Mothers and Daughters-in-Law and Love

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By the time you listen to this podcast, my son Callum will be married and I'll have a new daughter-in-law. In this week’s episode, I talk about mothers and daughters-in-law and love.I answer the following questions:

  • Why is it so important we tell people in words we love and accept them?
  • What have I learned from being a daughter-in-law?
  • How am I going to be a good mother-in-law?
  • What is real love?

I also share some resources appropriate to the theme of love!

 
You can find the podcast notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. Please visit!Music: 60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

Sep 13 2015

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Rank #15: 168: BIG Unschooling Ideas

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This week, I'm talking about unschooling ideas:

Should we encourage our kids' ideas even if they don't sound practical?

Are our ideas important?

Is it okay if our ideas fail?

What is my latest BIG idea?

Will the readers of my unschooling books join my community?

What will my community offer?

I'm also telling three stories:

The Curious Unschoolers Book Club Is Now Open!

Encouraging Kids' Ideas

Why Sophie Is Glad I Am Her Mother and Other Dusty Week Stories

And I have some resources to share.

Show Notes

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

Where You Can Find Me

Email Me

Youtube

Sue Elvis

 Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

Blog

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Resources

The Burnt Stick

Codecademy

Bind a Book-Make a Journal Pinterest board

Secrets of the Castle

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment.  I hope you will consider leaving some feedback about my BIG idea that I can share with listeners in next week's episode!  

Mar 06 2020

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Rank #16: 146: Finding Unschooling in Unexpected Places and Other Things

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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 report for my second unschooling book ‘A Radical Unschool Love’
  • How Sophie is teaching Imogen photography
  • The joy of sharing passions
  • Creativity and learning 
  • How we all have bad days
  • How our family isn’t perfect
  • Sophie’s new job
  • Sophie’s transition from unschooling to structured learning
  • Sophie’s beta personal training clients
  • How it can be difficult for parents to accept help and advice from their children
  • How kids can outlearn their parents

Show Notes

A Novel

A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews

Imogen Elvis

Youtube

Write. Rewrite. Read

Imogen's novel

The Crystal Tree

Instagram

Write. Rewrite. Read

Website

Write. Rewrite. Read

Sophie Elvis

Instagram

thetechnomaid

tough.turtle

Youtube

Sophie Elvis

My Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything I talked about in this episode. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And please join me on Instagram!

Feb 01 2019

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Rank #17: 38: Is Unschooling Just Living Life?

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In this week's episode, I discuss the following questions:
  • Is unschooling just living life?
  • Or is there more to unschooling than that?
  • What if life is too quiet or too busy or there's a crisis?
  • Has unschooling changed as my children have grown older?
  • Did Charlotte (17) give herself a good education?
  • Was she prepared for tertiary learning? 
  • Or should I have supervised the last year or so of her high school years?
  • Am I a proud mother?
  • Is it possible for siblings to successfully teach siblings?
  • And should we push children to develop and use their talents if they are not motivated to do this themselves?
I also share my latest resource discoveries!.You'll find the program notes on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family. I hope you'll listen to this week's episode!

Aug 16 2015

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Rank #18: 142: An Unschooler Talks About Life, Work and Dreams

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This week, my teenage daughter Sophie (17) joins me to talk about:

  • How she balances her busy unschooling life with work
  • Why it's important to trust kids and not squash their ambitions
  • Why she is choosing not to go to university
  • Sophie's dream to be self-employed and how she plans to achieve it
  • How a lot of people react when they hear Sophie is working full time in a cafe
  • NaNoWriMo events and making friends
  • How we need to believe in our kids and cheer them on

Show Notes

Podcasts

Episode 133, A Balanced and Productive Unschool Life

Episode 139, Unschool Socialisation: Making Friends, Being Different

Instagram

Sophie Elvis

thetechnomaid

tough.turtle

Sue Elvis

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about anything we talked about in this episode. Perhaps you have a question for Sophie. Or you could just stop by and say hello. And join me on Instagram!

Nov 30 2018

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Rank #19: 162: Asking for Help

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After a break, I'm back with a new episode!

This week, I'm discussing the following questions:

  • Where have I been?
  • Why did I record 3 versions of episode 162?
  • Can crisis points become turning points?
  • What changes am I making?
  • Do most of us think we can do everything all by ourselves?
  • Do we need social media to spread the message about our work?
  • Do we need more silence in our lives?
  • Are you willing to help me?

I'm also sharing two stories:

  • When We Reach Crisis Point (from my blog)
  • Sue Elvis: An Interview (from my book Radical Unschool Love)

Show Notes

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

Blog posts

When We Reach Crisis Point

Time to Unschool

Book

The Power of Silence by Cardinal Robert Sarah

Unschoolgram

Unschoolgram menu

Unschoolgram: 2019 October and September (Do you ever yearn for more silence in your life?)

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode. Perhaps you have a crisis point story you'd like to share. You could give me some feedback on my podcast ideas. Or you could just stop by and say hello!

Oct 27 2019

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Rank #20: 157: Fearing Our Kids Will Fail

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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 both ways?

I'm also sharing the story Fearing Our Kids Will Fail from my book Curious Unschoolers.

Show Notes

My Unschooling Books

Curious Unschoolers: Kindle

Curious Unschoolers: paperback

Radical Unschool Love: Kindle

Radical Unschool Love: paperback

My Amazon Author Page

Podcast

Episode 140: Difficult Things

Youtube

Sue Elvis

Instagram

stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling. A quick review or rating would help too!

Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to leave a comment about this episode. You could let me know what you think about my new unschooling book idea. Maybe you have a fear of failing story of your own to share. 

And please join me on Instagram!

Jul 19 2019

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