Being the Bridge not the Gatekeeper

Being free to express yourself through mediums such as art, dance, writing, music is the expression of your personality and displays your uniqueness, it helps us to understand ourselves and share that with those around us. It can be difficult to see children expressing themselves because as a culture we are not used to hearingContinue reading “Being the Bridge not the Gatekeeper”

Supporting Self-Expression

Our children are born unique. I have four children, born of the same two parents, and they are all different. They look different, they move differently, they express themselves differently and they learn differently. Our lifestyle gives them the freedom to engage with the world around them in their own unique ways and enables usContinue reading “Supporting Self-Expression”

Why we should trust our children

Trusting our children can seem insurmountable. How can we trust children? They are small and make mistakes all the time. They cannot be trusted. The trusting is in the intention. We trust that our children have good intentions. We trust that their mistakes are actual mistakes and not deliberate. We refrain from shame and angerContinue reading “Why we should trust our children”

Saying ‘Yes’ to Our Children

Saying yes to our children builds our relationships and develops mutual trust and respect. It lets our children know, that we trust that they know what they need and, by positively engaging with them, we show our support for their learning journey. Conversely, if we are constantly attempting to redirect them to what we thinkContinue reading “Saying ‘Yes’ to Our Children”

What if I trusted my Child?

What if we stop shaming and belittling our children for being human? What if we respect them when they say ‘no’? What if we value their opinion? What if we accept that they make mistakes and are able to learn from them? What if we acknowledge that they are experts on themselves? What if weContinue reading “What if I trusted my Child?”

Listening to my Children Say ‘No’

As we get to know our children better and we put genuine time and effort into getting to know them and prioritising and building our relationship with them we will develop mutual trust and respect with our children. We mustn’t be afraid or offended when we hear our children say ‘no’ to us. It isContinue reading “Listening to my Children Say ‘No’”

Trusting our Children

Trusting our children is the opposite of controlling our children. Trusting our children is enabling them and empowering them. Providing them with a safe place that they can try out their ideas and practice making decisions. For example: We trust them to make decisions about how they want to spend their day: what they wantContinue reading “Trusting our Children”

Living a joy-filled life

You might be forgiven for thinking that our household is without it’s miserable moments. That, dear friends, would be unrealistic. Any household with humans in it is likely to experience moments of discord, either experienced individually or corporately. However, they are moments and how we respond to them effects the general atmosphere and our relationships.Continue reading “Living a joy-filled life”

Support Joy

Comparison is the thief of joy Theodore Roosevelt When we begin Unschooling and move purposefully into a life without school we can easily find ourselves wondering what our children would have learnt if they had been at school today. When my children were younger, we lived on the same road as two Primary schools andContinue reading “Support Joy”