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Arabic Homeschooling Network Interview

In January of 2017 I was interviewed by the Arabic Homeschooling Network. The interview was shown in October of 2017. I am so grateful to be interviewed by the Arabic Homeschooling Network. It was such a neat experience. The interview was… Continue Reading →

How Do You Do It? – Start Here

We have six kids, 4 boys and 2 girls. When people discover that we often get some version of the question: “How do you do it?” This question comes with a lot of assumptions. Assumptions about what is a good… Continue Reading →

Exploring Unschooling Podcast Interview: Unschooling Around the World (#83)

In the summer of 2017 I was interviewed by Pam Laricchia on the Exploring Unschooling podcast. It was a great experience and I was honored to be a part such a great project. I do feel like a rambled a… Continue Reading →

For the Love of Learning Show Interview: Home Education in Challenging Situations (#90)

In the beginning of 2017 I was once again among a panel of guests interviewed on the For the Love of Learning Show – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement with host Lainie Liberti. The show topic was “Home Education in… Continue Reading →

For the Love of Learning Show Interview: Unschooling Around the World (#25)

In the summer of 2015, I was among a panel of guests interviewed on the For the Love of Learning Show – Voices of the Alternative Education Movement with host Lainie  Liberti. The show topic was “Unschooling Around the World.” I… Continue Reading →

Hard Work – Part 4: What does Minimalism have to do with hard work?

In this final part of the series on Hard Work let us think about the source of a lot of our work: the stuff we own.

Hard Work – Part 3: How can we cultivate diligence, grit, and helpfulness in our children?

In Part 3 of the series on Hard Work we get to the the practical question: “I have to get stuff done, am I just supposed to wait around and hope that people will help me?! So far that’s never happened!”

Hard Work – Part 2: Do people do hard things even when they are not forced to do them?

In this part of the Hard Work series I want to think through if people will do hard things when they are not forced to do them.

Hard Work – Part 1: What if my children are never forced to do hard things?

With unschooling the question often comes up: “What if my children are never forced to do hard things? Will they ever learn grit and determination? Will they develop a sense of entitlement?” The argument is often made that doing whatever… Continue Reading →

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Back in May 2015, while trying to plan and pack for a cross-country from Alaska to Georgia and eventually an international move from the USA to Saudi Arabia, I pondered the idea of the stories we tell ourselves.

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