How’s the water?
Some of the non-standard choices I made as a parent resulted in successful outcomes. (Although how do you measure success, because it’s so subjective and things are always evolving?) I will say that alternative choices like attachment parenting and unschooling resonated with me from the moment I learned about them. As I learned more and practiced more, I found myself farther and farther from the mainstream. I’ve explored alternative health options, organic and local foods, educational alternatives and many things natural and basic. I guess of all those things the educational alternative (unschooling) is the one I’m asked about most because it is the least widely known or understood. Friends and family have frequently asked me to tell my story of unschooling, even just to explain more fully what it is, which I’m happy to do in case it is helpful to someone else.
So, as I’m working on that project, clear2learn will be a place for me to relate some of the guiding principles behind my unschooling choices to what’s going on around me now. It gives me a chance to dip my foot in the water (ha, another water reference), and float my ideas out to a wider audience (and another). This is all very new for me so I invite you to comment and question because that helps me know what is clear and what’s not, what’s useful and what isn’t, what works and what doesn’t. For now, as Dory would say, “Just keep swimming!”
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