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 →

Human Goodness

We went to the beach labor day weekend, knowing there'd be traffic, while meanwhile all the rest of California--including the town just up the cliff from the beach--was baking and burning with 110 degree temperatures and fires up and down the state filling the valleys with smoke. Needless to say there were a lot of... 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 →

Whale Song

I recently had a fraught email exchange with a friend. Most of the conflict came from me forgetting that we hadn't spoken much in four years and in that time I have changed so much. I have moved from being an academic to a homeschool mom. Settled into my new position, I'm baffled when someone... Continue Reading →

Fear

I often get the suggestion that I should make my daughter do something she's afraid of so that she'll be prepared, to fix something about her, so that she can succeed in the future. Ironically, these suggestions put her fears up against grownup's worry-fears about the future. Fear versus fear. I think with a neurotypical... Continue Reading →

Uncovering

Unschooling has been a process of uncovering layers and layers of myself. As is parenthood, but unschooling pushes us deeper, we are with ourselves and our reflections--our children, our motivations, our triggers--all. the. time. And no wonder there are so many cover ups and walls and shields in myself. I cannot imagine what my daughter... Continue Reading →

What is Autism?

I live at the crux of two paradoxes: unschooling with and autism diagnosis, and neurodiversity with an environmental justice focus. First, I unschool and believe all children are passionate learners and should learn however they want, and I trust that they will learn what they need to learn in life; however, I also feel that... 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 →

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