Friday, April 18, 2014

Chat transcript: Learning from our children

Marta has edited the chat from February 26, when the topic was Learning from Our Kids

That is now associated with a web page which was announced a bit back, but I'll include it again:

The image is a link.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Facts change, skepticism, protecting children (and integrity)

 photo DSC09573.jpgSometimes facts change. It's a comfort to accept that.

While working on a follow-up to the Texas Unschoolers Conference in Austin (to be announced later)
I linked a page on skepticism for them. It was first announced here in 2006, and added to in 2011.

That led to a page called "Protect Your Children."
Now the /protect page has a disclaimer that changes the nature of the information in an interesting way.

(and the image is a link)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Schuyler, new quotes; Meredith, on pressure

Some quotes from Schuyler's presentation about parenting teens, given in March 28, 2014 at the Gold Coast session of ALLive in Australia, have been added to existing pages:




Meredith wrote something good about the problems with pressuring children:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I have not updated the randomizer on my site since October 2011. I'm making this note for my own good. I'm about to make a(nother) new page. There are many new pages not on that randomizer. I will need to come and mine the announcements here to find two and a half years' worth of additions.

Right now, there are 734 pages at the randomizer:

I expect that when it's updated there will be a thousand. (There are over a thousand pages at the site already, but some are subsets of other main pages, or aren't worth being one of the randomizer target pages, for one reason or another.)

Meanwhile, I'm adding a randomizer to this blog. If you've come here to read something you hadn't read before, and if the randomizer on the website is getting boring, try the link at the top left here (or at

Friday, April 4, 2014

Active Unschooling, Deb Lewis, Australian follow-up

A response to a claim that watching TV, listening to music and playing video games were passive activities sat quietly for six years until it was linked on an Australian blogpost. Fluffed-up and polished:
Main text is by Amy Carpenter, who wrote that she hadn't seen it since it was new, and was glad to be reminded.
(Thanks to Kim Houssenloge for stirring it back up!)

Deb Lewis was the guest "speaker" at the Wednesday chat on March 26. The transcript is here:

There are follow-up pages with notes intended for attendees of events in Australia last month. They are listed here so they will eventually go on the randomizer,and because they might be fun as random resources now.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Finding math, Pam Sorooshian, Alex Polikowsky, Sandra Dodd on TV

Karen James wrote about how Ethan discovered math; I snagged it.

Chat with Pam Sorooshian (transcript from March 12, 2014):

Chat with Alex Polikowsky (transcript from March 19, 2014):

I was on TV in Australia for a large part of seven minutes on March 24, 2014:

Deb Lewis was the chat guest this week; that transcript will be provided soon, or check the sidebar in a few days or a week, of the blog where the other two above are, to see if Deb Lewis's is there.

The photo is a link.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy, Learning from our children, Look directly

About happiness itself, in children. Contented peace.

Things unschooling parents have learned from their children
Including poetry by Frank Maier, and a chat transcript

Look directly at your child—a collection of quotes and links about seeing children clearly.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Perspective, Futures, Service

Perspective, new page. Kind of a continuation of Priorities

Investing in the future—supporting a child's interests

New quote on the Service page, fifth down on the right (Nicole Kenyon)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Becoming a Better Partner

In English and in German:

An article written for the German parenting magazine Unerzogen; appeared there in their fall 2013 issue, but I just learned of it recently.

Here it is in English with photos by Joyce Fetteroll (thank you, Joyce!)

and a PDF of the article in German as it was published last year:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Good mom or bad mom, uneaten candy

 photo DSC00017.jpgTwo new bits on True Tales of Kids Turning Down Sweets
Top two and Sylvia Woodman with a photo of Halloween candy, halfway down.

New, second item, "How does it balance out?"

A thread rescued after it was deleted by the original poster, but some of the comments were good.

The photo is a link.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Pass the Bean Dip, Addiction, Prejudice, Sugar

Laurie Wolfum did a presentation in November, 2013, on how to handle friends and relatives' disagreements and questions. She has let me host the text of that talk.

Addiction, an argument by Joyce added, upper right:

Prejudices (very new; might have typos or bad links):

Sugar (started a while back, finished to add to the page on prejudice):

Friday, January 17, 2014

Calm; and which is better: Refresh or restore?

New page, with a collection of Just Add Light on being calm:

And here's an older page:
How subtle can language considerations really get!?
Perhaps the most obscure page on my site. (No, it's not really.)

Important message to anyone who opens that page, or any page ever in your life:

If while you're reading you think "That's WORTHLESS!" then close the page, because to you it is worthless.
IF, while reading, you think that it's cool, or interesting, or it had never occurred to you, or you wish it had been longer, click some of the links, or google something up.

Each passageway can be an adventure, or you can turn and do something different.

(Leaving Hebrew poetry behind and zipping ahead a few thousand years,
down at the genius bar, "refresh" and "restore" mean very different things.)

Other obscure pages that mean nothing to some people, and much more to others:

Small-word beauty:

and a small-word problem (problems with "we"):

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