Monday, March 19, 2018

Sweet feedback, "getting it," labels

Additions to these pages:

Three new comments, left column, near the top

Older writing, newly added to the site, about why one family didn't get it sooner. (direct link)

And some of that writing added as commentary about how labels did not help, and we were right: (third on left, for now)

photo (a link) by Annie Regan

Friday, March 16, 2018

2010 video interview of Kirby and Sandra Dodd

Newly on YouTube, something from 2010.

The interview was to gather material for a documentary, linked if you click through to YouTube.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Happiness, and the word "Radical"

Two more sound files new to the site:

Happiness Inside and Out (from 2012)

And a new page on happiness, easier to find by memory (if you can remember this much happiness):

Why "Radical" Unschooling?—sound file and many notes

photo (a link) by Cathy Koetsier

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Partnerships, and Screwing it up

Two new sound files (and links for free downloads):

Partnerships and Teams in the Family
With notes and a playable sound link:
At the Internet Archive:

Unschooling: How to Screw it Up
With notes and a playable sound link:
At the Internet Archive:

And some notes about those and other fun things:

photo (a link) by Shonna Morgan

Sunday, March 4, 2018

"Poison" from two angles

New (newly finished enough to announce) page on the claim or fear that things are "poison," and Joyce's logical responses:

There is another page at eating/poison that was announced in 2015, but the two can't be combined. The older page is called "Let them eat candy," and addresses the problem of a candy-deprived child being more likely to eat grandma's pills, or soap pods.

Two different topics, but both in support of parents giving children opportunities to make their own choices, and both warning against the dangers of parental fear and over-control.

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd
(who did not do that frosting)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Meditation, NOT Screentime, Autism/avoidance of labels

New, on meditation (this will surely receive additions)

"Screentime" is not what adults call using their computers or phones. What all is IN there? (new page)

Video added about ways to treat autistic kids (sounds just like unschooling).

photo (a link) by Ashlee Dodd

Monday, January 15, 2018

Direction, Reading

A link-rich page about the idea of knowing what direction you intend to go, so that choices can be made happily and sensibly:

Somehow that page, created in late 2014, was never announced.
It's a good one!

Some Thoughts on Later Reading

photo (a link) by Erika Ellis

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Recovery, Perspective, Better

Some similarities between recovery programs and unschooling discussions

New quote and image added to the page on perspective. Looks like a fish in a hamster cage. Isn't.

Thoughts about doing better, including knowing what is NOT better. Links to several better-things.

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

School math, reading ages, Jo Isaac, Light

Additions and new title: School math in history, and school math after unschooling

"Reading age in unschooled kids": Jo Isaac's 2016 survey with graphs of ages at which unschoolers learned to read

Collection of writings by Jo Isaac, and links to recorded interview and transcript "Redefining Success"

Light and Lightness, with inspiration, photos, and pretty shadows

photo (a link) by Hannah North

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Wrong questions, spirituality, points

When we answer the wrong question:

Something new by a mom named Tracey, on the page on spirituality.

How DO people acquire respect or social credits?

photo (a link) by Cathy Koetsier

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dentist, Trust, Waldorf

New page, because it comes up two or three times a year, about kids' teeth and options and compassion and such

New page, Karen James on trust (and I added some of her photos with links to other writings)

Some parents say "oooh, Waldorf," with dreamy eyes. Unschooling is way better.

photo (a link) by Karen James

Monday, October 9, 2017

Zen Everything, Interviews and a recommendation

There is something new, about a 19-year-old essay, "Knowing Everything."
If you haven't read it, you should (and the commentary).
If you have read it, read it again (which is what the commentary is about).

A text-chat-style interview was published in July that had been mostly unavailable for ten years. I've added it at
but its home is

I was interviewed in June 2017 by Rebecca Bohman at The Luminous Mind. That podcast is available to hear here on YouTube:
Episode 197 - Sandra Dodd, “Everything Counts”

Jessica Hughes has a series I like called "An Unschooling Journey," on a new site called Steemit, about unschooling.

photo (a link) by Janine Davies

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