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 →

Science!

We haven't been to the library much because it's been hard with a run-away toddler. But they had a program about making glow-in-the-dark slime! So we made it there, and I found ways to contain and entertain the toddler. My daughter was so excited. She was mixing and shouting "yo ho ho!" She was telling... Continue Reading →

Affirmations

Over the past year my relationships have shifted and changed--sometimes precipitously like unexpected sneaker waves sweeping me off my feet. I've done a lot of seeking in that time. Since the little kids make it hard for me to read I've looked to new forms of guidance. Even as old relationships have shifted new mentors... Continue Reading →

Swamp of White Privilege (or: do’s and don’ts of being an anti-racist ally)

I've been trying to make my way out of the swamp of white privilege for 20 years. I've definitely taken some wrong turns. I've made more progress since quitting academia and beginning to unschool full time. I'm learning how to listen. So despite all these wrong turns, now I think working toward being an anti-racist white person is pretty simple. This is what I've come to: listen, speak, act.

Learning Power

Yesterday I had several people decide to tell me to spend less time with my kids, squash out meltdowns by ignoring them and refusing to be manipulated, and cut out tv and video games. Today I'm not answering the phone. Today we ran races in the front yard and were awarded handmade trophies. We learned... Continue Reading →

Learning Values

There are three core values that I thought I'd impose as a parent, which I've found I have no interest in "imposing"--if that can be done successfully with values. First, I imagined we'd be a screen-free family, or only watch Sesame Street. Ha.Sesame Street scares the crap out of my daughter. "Mario's Nightmare" on youtube... Continue Reading →

Rosemary

One of the original things I wanted to post on this blog was my daughter's love for rosemary. (This addresses a larger purpose of writing the blog: creating another online reference example of what unschooled learning looks like). As I've said before, I am not a huge fan of parks even though my daughter is.... Continue Reading →

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