Why I’m Adding a DONATE Button To My Blog

Yesterday, I crossed an edge. That edge was asking strangers for money to support me writing this blog by adding a Donate button to my front page. I hate asking for money, it makes me feels physically and emotionally uncomfortable. So, how did I get over this edge? Instead of thinking about all the people […]

Awkward Unschooling Question No.2 – “What About Exams?”

  “What about exams?” is a common question many unschoolers (and homeschoolers) get asked. To be honest, I try to avoid giving an answer to this one and just smile, while I continue to pack the groceries or change the subject. I avoid it because I know my answer will probably blow their minds. If they’re stuck […]

Awkward Unschooling Questions: No.1 “What Do You Do All Day?”

    “What Do You Do All Day?” “Hmmm…how long have you got?” is my usual reply to this question. It often stops the conversation going any further, but if it didn’t, I would answer:   We go on long dog walks and chat about everything and anything; we don’t care about the rain anymore. […]

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Deschooling Ourselves

  I’m not sure I will ever be a totally “Deschooled” adult and parent. After all, I went through the mainstream schooling system just like most people. Over the years, I have let go of many of the beliefs I carried around education, parenting and even how to be on this planet. These beliefs were […]

Best Reading Apps – Planet Lettra – The New Kid On The Block

  Our son 9 year old has decided he would like to learn to read. We have never pushed him to learn as forced learning achieves nothing, but resentment and possible learning disabilities. Now, he wants to read the instructions on his favorite video games without having to ask another member of the family for […]

Is Your Child A Budding Entrepreneur?

  Our daughter doesn’t want to go to college. At present, she wants to make clothes and own a shop, that’s it, so simple. But, this simple dream can feel rather scary to a parent. “Can my child really do this without going to college?” is a thought that often pops into my head. I […]

Free HARRY POTTER Audio Book Trial

We love audio books. We must have listened to at least a hundred books over the past few years. One of our favorite series is Harry Potter narrated by Stephen Fry, it’s an awesome story narrated by an awesome story teller.  Amazon is giving a free trial on the series and a few other books, […]

Being Honest With Our Children

  I am not a perfect parent, I am not a perfect person and that’s a good thing. I might want to be a truly enlightened mother who never gets irritated, angry or fearful, but that’s just not the reality. I am, however, honest with our children. They see all parts of me. I do not […]

Celebrating Together

  This post is a bit late, but still I want to write it. In Wales, where we are originally from, the 1st March is Saint David’s day or Dydd Gŵyl Dewi in Welsh. Saint David is the patron saint of Wales. In medieval times it was believed that St David was the nephew of […]

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Will My Children Learn Anything If I Unschool?

  I recently answered a comment on my blog post How Do I Start Unschooling? (Free Chapter) from a mother who had just started unschooling her children and had some concerns as to whether she would know if they were doing anything educational. I realised that in giving my rather long reply, I had actually written […]

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Does Your Child Want To Draw MANGA Figures?

One of our daughter’s recent interests has been in learning to draw Manga figures. So, I was very pleased to find How to Draw Manga Boys: In Simple Steps by Yishan Li (Search Press) Here are some of the pictures she drew with the book’s guidance. I think they are beautiful!        

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How Do I Start Unschooling? (Free Chapter)

      The following post is a chapter from my book “7 Steps To Beginning Your Unschooling Journey”. If you enjoy the chapter and feel like reading more, you can buy the book on Amazon.   How Do I Start Unschooling?   Deschooling with Ice cream: Often, after only a few weeks of choosing […]

4 Fantastic Art Books To Get Your Family Creating!

    We are a family of artists and we love creating. I am also an Arts Award Advisor with Trinity College, London and run workshops for Home Educated children. Many children come to my workshops  believing they can never be an artist because they can’t draw. As we work together developing their ideas and […]

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Why “Unschooled” Kids Will Thrive In Our “Post Work” Society

  I found a great article in my Inbox this morning by Dustin Timbrook titled, WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO SURVIVE THE FUTURE? SEND THEM TO ART SCHOOL . I was intrigued and the article didn’t disappoint:- “If preparing your kids for a world in which hard-working, knowledgeable people are unemployable frightens you then I have some good […]

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Let The Kids Get Bored

  We live in a culture that believes we should never be bored. There are so many things to entertain us, keep our minds occupied so we can avoid the dreaded boredom we seem to fear so much.   But, being bored is a key factor in developing our imagination. As an unschooling mum, I […]

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Why I Allow My Son To Play With Toy Guns

  Should Parents Allow Children To Play With Toys Guns? This is a question I used to ask myself before I had children…before our son came along. When our son was a toddler, I decided I would not encourage him to have toy guns, but as he got older he made his own choices. Being […]

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When Did Being An Adult Become So Boring?

    It was raining as I drove my car down the street the other day. The world looked positively gloomy. I was just about to play that old record in my head about how dismal British weather is when suddenly, a flash of colours caught my eye. I was mesmerised as I watched a […]

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My Top 10 Most Popular Posts For 2015

I loved blogging about our unschooling life in 2015, and I actually managed to write and publish a short book for families who are beginning their unschooling journey. Thank you, to all of you who have taken the risk of allowing my posts to land in your Inbox by subscribing to my blog and thank […]