Saturday, November 16, 2019

"Not your mom," Support, Always Learning

A look at the oddity of moms complaining that they want to be treated (in a discussion) the way we treat our kids.

New writing on the list of supportive statements, right under the list of short quotes—a longer one, and feedback.

The Always Learning discussion group has been moved from yahoogroups, where it had been since November 2001,
to its new home at ! You can read it there (and 18 years of archives, too!) or you can read and respond through e-mail.

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Becoming an unschooler; Rescued Archives (x3)

New writing on Becoming an Unschooler, at the bottom of this cleaned-up and rearranged page:

Archives of three groups have been rescued and ensconced on my site, by Vlad Gurdiga who knows how to do it, and did.
Yahoogroups will not keep archives, starting soon.
Always Learning is archived in two places now (having been moved to, with its archive) but two other dormant groups' archives are here now:

I was never on Unschooling Basics, but one of the founders used to send me quotes and posts to put on my site. It will be good to be able to change the links, as I come to them, to the new archive. Unschooling Discussion was given to Joyce to own and rename after the owner of unschooling-dotcom got tired of it.

photo (a link) by Ester Siroky

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Unschooling is...; Principles; Waking up for work

Addition of an explanation of how unschooling works, by Meredith Novak, to definitions directory page:

Brief interview recording added to the page about Principles

New page for a saved response about the perpetual question about of how, without childhood bedtimes, will one ever get a job?

photo (a link) by Destiny Dodd

Monday, November 11, 2019

Moderation, Books, Detox

Response to a claim about needing "a happy medium," added to the page on moderation:

Book reviews/updates on a book list I made in 2001, of books that had inspired me and that I thought could help others.

Clean-up on an antique transcript on Detoxing from school (a more pointed sort of deschooling). Good stuff.

photo (a link) by Manessah Ellender Garcia

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Help (here is some); Hate (don't do it),

Help (page updated)

Two stories / examples added at the top of the (very short) page on avoiding hating things. "I hate..." doesn't lead to a good place.
The links from those to their originals go to two newly-available things, too... you'll see.

photo (a link) by Janine Davies

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

News ("the news"), sugar, relax (don't battle)

Addition to "When the news is bad"—reasons NOT to follow news programming, if you have young children, or if you like peace

Two sugar stories added a the bottom:

New, third section down, Jen Keefe and Sandra/me about NOT struggling, not battling

photo (a link) by Megan Oriah

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Words, Oddities, Bedtime, Patience

"How words affect thought, belief and action": short podcast embedded, all links cleaned up, and I'm working on the pages it leads to.

This page has lots of interesting things—English oddities, trivia and mysteries

Additions to the page on bedtime, bottom half, and replacement of a missing (working) clock. It's working in my time zone, anyway. 😊

About patience with explaining how unschooling discussions work, added to the bottom of "Patience"
photo (a link) by Jonathan Medina

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Philosophy, Benefits, Reading

Philosophy or That's what it's all about!— spruced up, slight addition in the side box. Good page.

Benefits of reading on the Always Learning discussion (even beyond just "be a better parent"), cleaned up. Worth a read for those who missed it earlier, and worth a second read for the rest.

Clean-up and photos added to an article from 2005 about how my kids learned to read, at "Three Readers"(I quoted it in Just Add Light and Stir)

photo (a link) by Amy Milstein

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Food problems, sugar, "natural diet"

Touched up, cleaned up, three pages on sugar:
Sugar, gathered from various sweet discussions 😊

Sugar as a scary substance

This page had lost its candy-corn lines, so while I was in there I dusted it off.

Humorous video added to the page on orthorexia

Diets and Unschooling (added some and cleaned up; link to a long discussion on diet and human culture)
photo (a link) by Jo Isaac

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Peace at home, and witnesses

Big Noisy Peace has the sound file of a conference presentation. I've added a quote and image, spruced it up.

Parenting Peacfully is an older page, newly touched, sound file fully there (in Safari and Chrome, anyway)

Two pages lead in a trail from there, and haven't been announced. The second one was finished this week.
One is "Witness" and the other is called "Where no one can see."

photo (a link) by Jennie Gomes
and her words are there, too

Sunday, July 14, 2019

New Book (new edition), problem, solution

If you're subscribed to this blog, sorry for three posts in one day, but the last one was in February. I'll tell you why: My husband, Keith, had a cardiac arrest March 3, and two more that same day, and a fourth arrest on March 11. He was in the hospital for over a month, half of that in intensive care. He's much better now! It's amazing, how well he's doing.

Meanwhile, my webpage provider made some "improvements" that nearly ruined access to much of my site. Pam Laricchia and her son, Micheal, made a little miracle code patch that saved the day (the year, the future). There are still some images missing (mostly very minor), and some formatting glitches, but I'm gradually working through it. It's like cleaning up after a flood, but it's worth doing because so many people have entrusted me with their writings and ideas. All the text is there, and most of it looks as it did before.

Ten years after its 2009 initial release, The Big Book of Unschooling is back in a new edition, thanks to Pam Laricchia's "Forever Curious Press."

In paperback: from Amazon (more bookstores will carry it soon)

Several options for ebook: Click here to choose a store and format.

If you're unfamiliar with the book, click the book image.

Questions about teeth, worries about food

Addition to page on children and dentistry, link to article, discussion, and a passage by me, about a young Kirby

Humorous video added to the page on orthorexia

If dietary considerations are becoming like a religion, please try to relax enough that unschooling isn't hampered by it, and that the marriage and relationships are still strong. Some families have ended up with crippling problems, from an unschooling point of view. Families are important. Logic and truth are good for unschooling.

photo (a link) by Karen James

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