Monday, November 28, 2016

Enough, Moderation, Abundance

Enough? It depends. If you're wondering, do more.

Moderation (thoughts about why moderation might not be a great goal)

Abundance—not a new page, but seems a perfect #3 link to go with "Enough?" and "Moderation."

photo (a link) by Elise Lauterbach

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Following trails, breathing, other voices

Following trails, making connections, collecting sets of ideas (new page)

Added a beautiful animated breathing... image. Please go and see! Left-hand column, not far down.

An older page, updated, and (I discovered) never announced! Collections of others' writings (directory of...)
You might have favorite unschooling writers, or if you don't yet, you might after you see some of these.

photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai

Friday, October 21, 2016

Enough, Moderation, Other voices

Enough? It depends. If you're wondering, do more.

Moderation (thoughts about why moderation might not be a great goal)

An older page, updated, and (I discovered) never announced! Collections of others' writings (directory of...)
You might have favorite unschooling writers, or if you don't yet, you might after you see some of these.

photo (a link) by Elise Lauterbach

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Responses, trees from seeds, What if?

About responding to curious others, I've added something new by Karen James, up top.

Apple tree analogy, and the nature of wholeness (Karen James, Sandra Dodd, your thoughts, your child)

What if? What if you leave laundry in the washer? What if you dig a hole in your yard?
What if you don't send a child to school for a year? Thinking about wondering "What if?"

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fears, follow-up, Dot-to-dot Elvis and stuff

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New piece added up top to page on Fears (Some parents nurse their fears.)

Addition of a video, and general clean-up of "How Elvis Appears to Unschoolers"

Follow-up notes for speaking in England in 2016:

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd, at Polly's house

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Parenting Peacefully, Threes, 404 page change

Addition of a link a great quote by Meredith Novak, bottom:
(first addition to that page for years)

This page isn't very important, but if I don't note it here, I might lose it.

Something has been added to my error page (a.k.a. 404 page). IF the URL was once good but has failed, there should be a link to an archived copy at the Wayback Machine site. If you would like to check it out, this is a link that will show you the new feature (which was provided by
The current URL for that is chores/gift (not chore/gift).

Notes on that:
#1, I very rarely change a URL.
#2, Most errors are people guessing, or entering a link with a typo.
#3, Guessing often works.
#4, if the page is not at the Wayback Machine, that message won't show at all.

photo (a link) by Celeste Burke

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Music, Virtue, "Support"

Music—a new quote at the top of the music page, with a link to a recent chat transcript on Musical Intelligence and musicality

Virtues for Unschoolers—what virtues would you like for your child to have? (new page)

What support is and isn't (problems with support for support's sake)

photo (a link) by Collen Prieto

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Parents as friends, level up, marriage, cartoon Kirby

Additions to and clean-up of an older (life-changing) page

Level up! Faster, stronger unschooling!

Unschooling and Marriage, half new, half from last year, not announced before:

Additions to the page on Kirby Dodd in other people's art. The third artist is his cousin, Gina Trujillo, also unschooled.

photo (a link) by Sukayna

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Courage, Moments, Small words

New page on courage. (It's a new page I started in 2008, and added to this week.)

Living in moments, rather than days—a directory page

New songs added to the Small Words collection—beautiful poetry using mostly thousand-year-old words. A dozen song lyrics (and videos), some poetry and commentary

photo (a link) by Adam's mom, Julie D

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Depression, Eating problems, Misconceptions (into Spanish)

Depression, its effects on unschooling, ways to avoid or lessen it

A summary of some recent-ish research on the effects of parental food control on children’s eating habits. (Jo Isaac, PhD and unschooling mom)

Ideas equivocadas sobre el Unschooling, translated from Alex Polikowsky, by Alicia González

photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sugar, Seeing It, Hatred (avoidance of)

Two new tales of kids turning down sugar, by Sylvia Woodman, second item here:

Not new, but not previously announced. "Seeing it"—has a couple of Just Add Light posts appended now.

New page: Hatred (avoidance of), about how saying "I hate that" stunts learning

photo (a link) by Lisa Jonick

Monday, March 7, 2016

Other ideas, skills, service

How other parenting philosophies and ideas can hinder and hamper unschooling:

A page from 2013 that was not announced, about skills children and adults might have:

New writing, by Megan Valnes, about a surprising feeling of wellbeing she experienced.
Lefthand side, near the top:

Photo by Janine Davies; it's a link.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

New quotes, terminology, clarity

Quotes have been added to some pages:

Marta, Sandra, Pam Sorooshian:

Meredith Novak:

The page on terminology has been rearranged, and has spawned a new page, too:

The problem with "RU" (new page):
Added to and rearranged "Clarity":
Photo (a link) by Ve Lacerda

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Generosity, Interview, Phrases

New by Karen James, third item down. Page reformatted to make it easier to read on smaller devices.

Interview from 2010, short but good. This was a backup, but that site is gone and my page is the only one.

Addition to "Phrases to Hear and Avoid" (about whether one is doing enough, near the bottom)

photo by Jennie Gomes
click it!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Shakespeare, Bedtimes, Mindfulness, Change

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photo by Sukayna
Sarah Clark on her daughter Jenna's unexpected connections with Shakespeare and Chaucer, added near the bottom of this fun page:

New by Emily Strength, and parenting and bedtime, second or third item down here:

New by Karen James, about time, attention and energy—about patient, loving attention.

Addition of a quote from Just Add Light, to a page it had been linked to, but wasn't actually on; now 1/3 of the way down.

I'm grateful that Marta Pires saved the quote and brought it back out today, which inspired me to give it a good home.

I think I wrote it for a "Just Add Light and Stir" post in 2011. I didn't find it in the discussions.
[LATER NOTE: Page 194 of The Big Book of Unschooling—Debbie Harper found it.]
Change a moment. Change one touch, one word, one reaction. If you try to change your entire self so that next year will be better, you might become overwhelmed and discouraged and distraught.

Change one thing. Smile one sweet smile. Say one kind thing.

If that felt good, do it again. Rest. Watch. Listen. You're a parent because of your child. Your child. You should be his parent, or her parent. Not a generic parent, or a hypothetical parent. Be your child's parent in each moment that you interact with her.

—Sandra Dodd

Friday, February 5, 2016

Principles and priorities, boredom, stress (avoidance)

New by Debbie Regan on the Priorities page; I couldn't decide whether to put it under priorities, principles or deschooling! It's all of those.

New page, Karen James on how she helps Ethan if he's bored. SO gentle.

Video on the effects of stress on one's brain and on one's children, from TED-Ed, added to the bottom of the negativity page:

photo (a link) by Isabelle Lent

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A to Zed song, Label avoidance, Benefit from discussion

In a discussion of learning the alphabet, and so many songs and videos having "zee" rather than "zed," Jane Clossick offered an British alternative and I have her notes and a sound file here:
I've also added two great alphabet songs by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson), with lyrics! (This page was moved out of the reading folder, where it was never linked, so it's a little like new.)

New from Alex Polikowsky, reminder to parents, fourth or fifth item dowwn:

Two new accounts added to a page called "Learning to read on the list"
(The new stuff's at the bottom!)

photo by Rodrigo Mattioli, and it's a link

Saturday, January 9, 2016

DANGER of unschooling, of worry, of negativity

Don't let unschooling ruin your marriage

Concerns and thoughts about eating and body size

Danger of negativity (new page—will have more later)

Image (a link) of grind stones at the Palace of the Governors,
Santa Fe, New Mexico