Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More doors

 photo DSC03933.jpgWe are here now.

We have been other places in the past.

We will be in surprising places in the future.
SandraDodd.com/abundance
photo by Sandra Dodd

Monday, May 22, 2017

Detox, gradually

For a child, deschooling is just the time to relax and get used to being home and with Mom—a child who’s been to school. A child who hasn’t been to school has no deschooling to do.  photo LisaJonickIvy.jpgBut for parents, deschooling is detoxification from a lifetime, and recovery from all of their schooling and whatever teaching they might have done. And it’s also the start of a gradual review of everything...

They don’t need to do it in advance, they don’t need to do it right at first. It’s so big, but it’s also gradual—it's just like living and breathing and eating and sleeping. Because every day a little more can come to the surface and be examined as it pops up.

SandraDodd.com/parentschange
The quote is from a recent podcast of Pam Laricchia interviewing me.
photo by Lisa Jonick

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Peace inside

Peace, like learning, is largely internal.

Mother Teresa could have found a more peaceful place than Calcutta, but she was helping people find peace in non-peaceful surroundings.

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SandraDodd.com/peace/noisy
photo by Sukayna

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Small but important

 photo Dinosaur_play_kitchen.jpg.jpgSize, age, volume, cost...
Value and priorities, for unschoolers, might begin to surprise you and continue to do so.

Don't judge importance too quickly.

Learning is everywhere.
SandraDodd.com/mindfulparenting
photo by Lynda Rains

Friday, May 19, 2017

Be dignified

Be dignified, if you want your children to respect you and to grow up to be dignified themselves. You cannot maintain your dignity and also embrace INdignity. Breathe and think of your children's need for peace so that unschooling can thrive in your home.

Indignation is not a virtue.

SandraDodd.com/indignation
photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Something different

Things you are used to are exotic to others. There are things you see every day that some people might never, ever see in person.
Lightning storms.
Snow.
Kangaroos.
Tumbleweeds.
Tugboats.
Mountains.
Beaches.
Cargo bikes.
Lifts / elevators.
Temples.
Shave ice.
Castles.
Cactus.
Alligators.

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Inventory your special local treasures!

SandraDodd.com/museum
photo by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friends

Friends might be siblings or cousins or neighbors, or might be in other towns or states or countries.  photo IMG_0147.jpg Skype and gaming can help them stay in contact.

If parents can find some opportunities to host or to visit, they should remember that the children will be learning from and with each other, while they gain fond memories. Consider it an expense of unschooling, to visit friends.

SandraDodd.com/socialization
photo by Rippy Dusseldorp
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