Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Deserve," fear-based action, change


"I deserve..." or "ALL children deserve..." is a signpost taking you down a brambly path.
http://sandradodd.com/deserve

Joyce Fetteroll, on fear-based actions; added at the bottom here:
http://sandradodd.com/foodfear/

Stories of How Families Changed (not a new page, but not announced before):
http://sandradodd.com/change/stories.html

photo (a link) by Lisa Jonick

Friday, August 4, 2017

Quotes, focus, ideas-not-individuals


New quotes added:

Emily Strength quote added to Do It
Meredith Novak quote added to Beginning
Sandra Dodd quote added (in Spanish in a graphic, and then the English original) to Quotes

It came up again, someone recommending "Non-Violent Communication" as an unschooling tool.
That's a problem.
http://sandradodd.com/nvc

Learning to participate in discussions of unschooling ideas: It's not personal.
http://sandradodd.com/notpersonal

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Food as religion, fears and health


I don't consider any of these pages "finished," but they all have the starts of good collections.
Before about 2012, I wouldn't have thought they had anything to do with unschooling, but increasingly people are finding it difficult to unschool because of their dietary beliefs.

Food as a religion
http://sandradodd.com/foodreligion.html

Credentials (lack of value, in unschooling discussion)
http://sandradodd.com/foodfear/family

Choosing food fears over families, with a beautiful account by a mom named Nicole, box on the left:
http://sandradodd.com/foodfear/nutritionist

Health is NOT improved by nagging, says a study from the University of Copenhagen.
http://sandradodd.com/nagging

photo (a link) by Hannah North

Monday, July 31, 2017

Request for help, and many anniversaries


So on July 23, I asked for donations, with this link:
http://sandradodd.com/2017/

After September 2 (the 7th anniversary of Just Add Light), I won't ask again until 2020.

Thanks to those who have already helped!

AND ANOTHER THING (lots of things): It's been nine years since I reminded anyone about this feedback page:
http://sandradodd.com/feedback/

photo (a link) by Shonna Morgan

Monday, July 10, 2017

The fabric of life


Turns out there's a phrase I've used several times, "fabric of life".
http://sandradodd.com/Fabric

There was already a "fabric of life" page with writing by Schuyler Waynforth. I introduced it on this blog in 2013, though it wasn't quite new at that time. I didn't want to dilute the beauty of that page, so I made the new page with a capital F in Fabric. Later, whichever one you guess will lead to the other, too.

quoting from 2013:
The Fabric of an Unschooling Life (new page I had not previously announced):
http://sandradodd.com/fabric

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Comparisons and judgments


None of these are introductions to unschooling, but are about ideas at a more philosophical level. Some people like such things, and others don't.

Clean-up and additions (good ones!) to three pages considering judgment:

New writing, second item in right-hand column:
http://sandradodd.com/chats/comparisons

Addition of "All sin is equal?"
http://sandradodd.com/judgment

Additions and cleanup to a page about sleep, advice and defensiveness:
http://sandradodd.com/goodorbad

And one more bonus page, in which I implore unschooling parents to respect what their children love.
http://sandradodd.com/crap

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Monday, July 3, 2017

Instinct, smells, defend yourself, divorce


Instinct—something beautiful by a nearly anonymous mom, and the beginning of a collection,
http://sandradodd.com/instinct

Smells and smelling (and instinct)
http://sandradodd.com/smells

An older page never yet announced, cleaned up, a bit harsh, but says this important thing:
"If someone can't defend a position to other unschoolers, how will they do with the relatives or the social workers?"
http://sandradodd.com/defendyourself

Addition to page on prevention of divorce (box, right), and follow links too if you haven't been there before.
http://sandradodd.com/divorce

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Friday, June 16, 2017

Socialization, "just", Robyn Coburn

New writing, second item, about finding social experiences for children:
http://sandradodd.com/socialization

New page on problems with adding "just" to an otherwise powerful phrase.
(Not counting "Just Add Light and Stir," which is a reference to old advertisements for instant foods.)
http://sandradodd.com/just

New, Pam Laricchia interviewed Robyn Coburn. I've saved Pam's beautiful into, and more, as part of my Robyn Coburn collection:
http://sandradodd.com/robyn/interview

photo (a link) by Megan Valnes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Support, change, decisions

Addition to support, "I want my own child to do more than just survive," 3/4 of the way down:
http://sandradodd.com/support.html
and some other clean-up on that page

"Changes in Parents"—Pam Laricchia's second interview of Sandra Dodd:
http://sandradodd.com/parentschange

Newer photo of my three now-grown children next to one when they were 13-17 or so:
http://sandradodd.com/decisions

photo (a link) by Chrissy Florence

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sharing, Glued (or not), Awareness



New writing by Karen Angstadt on the "Shared Experiences are Important" page, second item:
http://sandradodd.com/t/sharing

That item links to an addition on "Phrases to Hear and Avoid": Glued to the screen (Jo Isaac)
http://sandradodd.com/phrases#glued

Additions and links to "Your Mind and Awareness"
http://sandradodd.com/awareness

photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Toothbrushing, research on food, Gilligan's Island


New page on how to get a child to brush teeth (because someone deleted a post with good responses)
http://sandradodd.com/teeth

Addition to page on research on eating:
http://sandradodd.com/eating/research

Several additions to the already-rich Gilligan's Island page, but if you're not on a computer you won't see most of it.
Don't try to live by your phone alone!
http://sandradodd.com/t/gilligan

photo (a link) by Jennifer Smith

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Strewing, writing, perspective (and zombies)


New, thoughtful acccounts and commentary by Karen James on strewing, bottom of:
http://sandradodd.com/strew/strew

New at the bottom, Marty Dodd on superheroes:
http://sandradodd.com/writing/seeing.html

New, two, top, by Belinda Dutch and Alex Arnott:
http://sandradodd.com/perspective

And something new on the still-new Zombie page:
http://sandradodd.com/zombies

photo (a link) by Erika Ellis

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