Once Upon a Time

Toni Morrrison is everything. I've taught her books so many times. But more than that, her words sit with me, touchstones. When images from her books come to me, they give me solid ground to reach toward ethical, beautiful compassion. Images and characters and moments from Beloved live in the back of my mind always.... Continue Reading →

It’s the Life Stuff

I started this blog thinking I'd be honest about how hard unschooling can be. And even though unschooling can be hard, I haven't fulfilled that promise. Maybe because I'm not sure it's the unschooling. Having two babies is hard. Learning how to set boundaries in your relationships, when you have two babies, is hard. Dealing... Continue Reading →

Fandom and Social Skills

One of the last things I held on to as an idea for therapy for my autistic kid was a social skills class. It's cool that I didn't push too hard to get that. Instead, really long playdates with a like-minded family friend a year younger than her taught her everything she needs to know... Continue Reading →

How to advocate for your kid.

Retrospective Edit (June 2019): I wrote this original post from a very hurt place. The person who said something offhand about my daughter--a comment I was not meant to hear--was not the source of my hurt in this moment. I've done a lot of work since then, and so I need to alter this blog... Continue Reading →

Notes on apology

I have found that as I connect with other unschooling families, many of us come from emotionally abusive backgrounds. Perhaps, emotional abuse is far too prevalent, and unschooling helps people give it a name. If you are trying to have a peaceful, respectful relationship with your kids, you start to see how other relationships are... Continue Reading →

The Kids Will Not Save Us

We're days from the midterm elections here in the US. We have outright racist voter suppression in Georgia and North Dakota and elsewhere. We have thousands of kids deeply traumatized from being torn away from their families and too many still separated. We have an alcoholic rapist in the Supreme Court who thinks people with... Continue Reading →

The Privilege of Parenting Perfection

I would love to write posts on this blog where I detail the deep conversations I've had with my kids after reading beautiful social justice books. I'd love to be that white cis-woman parent who has stacks of children's books with innovative art detailing the trail of tears, Japanese internment, civil rights--everything I think my... Continue Reading →

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