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Unschooling Mom2Mom

Sue Patterson

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The Unschooling Mom2Mom podcast is a quick conversation with Sue Patterson, coach, author, and mother of 3 grown unschoolers. Sue shares inspiration and tips to help you find the unschooling confidence you're looking for! Even if you’re more of a “homeschooler” than an “unschooler,” these 10 minute(ish) podcasts can help you find more joy in parenting, educating and connecting with your children!
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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It’s not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) Join me as I share ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources for living an unschooling life of unconditional love.
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Podcast de discusión con el fin de ayudar a las familias de habla hispana que desean entender, adoptar y disfrutar el Radical Unschooling como estilo de vida. Hacemos énfasis en la importancia de la relación de respeto y amor entre Padres e Hijos como base en la crianza y desarollo de los niños, más que en el aspecto académico. Las colaboradoras principales somos Madres que hemos practicado la Crianza con Apego, seguido del Radical Unschooling por una década o más.
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That's one of the biggest questions from parents looking into unschooling? It's what we talked about in April's Unschooling Question of the Month. And even after an hour of talking about it on the video (recording here) Sue Patterson shares even more about how unschooling provides everything your child will need! Free PDF mentioned on the Podcast: …
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We are back with another episode in our Unschooling Stumbling Blocks series and we’re talking about including kids in decisions. There are many reasons why parents may rush through big decisions without giving children a chance to weigh in, but we’ve found that including kids in decisions provides us with useful questions and information, helps avo…
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Learning to unschool can be scary - and it's not unusual for parents to hang onto "a little curriculum" for certain subjects. Usually, it's the ones we don't feel that comfortable with. And why is that? Maybe it's simple preferences - but maybe it's because of the way schools taught us! This week, I want to encourage you to examine your ideas about…
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Deschooling is a bit of a buzzword in homeschooling and alternative education spaces at the moment. So, let’s dive in! Pam, Anna, and Erika talk about the definition of the word, what that transition to unschooling can look like for parents and adults, the importance of letting go of expectations, some of the paradigm shifts that happen during desc…
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Are you having trouble finding other unschooling families? Or maybe you’d just like to find people who don’t want to talk about curriculum all the time? This week, I'm sharing 5 ways you can find the people who are going to make this unschooling journey more enjoyable. It's so great to find others who are also working their way through their fears,…
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We’re back with another On the Journey episode! We had a delightful conversation with Living Joyfully Network member Kendel Ricker. Kendel is an unschooling mom of two kids, 11 and 9, and she shared some of her journey with us. Kendel’s own education included homeschooling, private school, and public school, as well as university and teachers’ coll…
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Pi Day is this Week! And maybe you're looking for some ideas or wondering what to do if your kid isn't really into it. Let's get real about PiDay! Collection of 85 Pi Day Memes and Jokes here: https://www.unschoolingmom2mom.com/pi-day Pinterest Board: Pi Day https://www.pinterest.com/umom2mom/pi-day-fun/ Strewing Calendar https://www.unschoolingmom…
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Parents worry all the time about whether their kids are on their devices too much. Our childhoods certainly weren't like this - and now that the kids are home all the time, that can seem like a LOT of time on technology. So what do we do? Sue Patterson shares strategies for how to accurately assess the situation and gives some solutions you could u…
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In this episode, Pam, Anna, and Erika explore the sibling dynamic and some of the questions that come up when unschooling families navigate sibling relationships. We talk about letting go of expectations, watching out for casting our children in roles, understanding our own triggers, and how “fair” doesn’t mean “equal.” We hope you find our convers…
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What’s so magical about age 18? Pam, Anna, Erika, and our guest Erin dig into the transition from childhood to adulthood and what it means for our unschooled kids. It’s common for parents to bump up against some cultural beliefs about this phase of life and inadvertently put expectations on young adults. Strangers, friends, and family also all seem…
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I have a Bonus Episode for you this week! Last minute add-on! What's the big takeaway when an unschooling mom looks back? Lean into the Love. Originally written in 2012, and now updated for 2024, Sue Patterson share's what she wish she had known... way back when. More Valentine's Day info: https://www.unschoolingmom2mom.com/unschooling-valentines-d…
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Unschoolers don't have to skip out on the fun that Valentine's Day can bring. I know, it's Hallmark Celebration... and lots of people are not big fans. But you kids might enjoy some aspects of it - and I've pulled together 10 activities your family might like to try. Science Projects Party food ideas Jokes/Riddles Arts & Crafts Videos Love Language…
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I have 5 Signs that it may be time for you to start unschooling! Whether you've been homeschooling and it's not working out as planned, or you're looking for alternatives to public schools, I want to share how to get started homeschooling from an unschooling perspective. I know, it can be scary to do something this unconventional, but gather some i…
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In this episode, we are starting a new series called Unschooling Stumbling Blocks, where we talk about common challenges on the unschooling journey. For this first stumbling block, Pam, Anna, and Erika talk about “quitting” vs “sticking it out.” This idea comes up in parenting regardless of whether you’re unschooling or not. Do we need to teach our…
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Many of us memorized math facts that we don't use a lot in our adult lives. But what if I told you that you actually DO use many of them - even the Pythagorean Theorem - but you just don't realize it? This is a little different podcast this week, prompted by something that happened to me after a podcast interview as well as something I've seen rece…
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After spending most of the month talking about typical unschooling days - and how nothing is really "typical", this week, I'm doing a 180! Turns out, there ARE some things that are typical in the day in the life of a successful unschooling family. And I want you to know what that is! Actually, I've come up with SEVEN Tips that set successful unscho…
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This week, we’re back with another On the Journey episode. Pam and Erika are joined by Living Joyfully Network member Jahaira Luzzi. Jahaira is an unschooling mom of two, ages 6 and 8, and a former early childhood educator. We talk about Jahaira’s path to unschooling, including her exploration of various types of elementary schools after she left c…
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What IS an unschooling day like? That's one of the most common questions when parents are thinking about unschooling as a homeschooling option. We KNOW what school looks like. We even have a pretty good guess about what traditional school-at-home homeschooling looks like. But unschooling? That's a different story! Sue Patterson shares insight on wh…
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In this episode, Pam, Anna, and Erika dive deep into building community. As we regularly mention, people are different, and each member of your family will likely have different needs for community, friendship, and social time. We talk about in-person versus online connections, the value of interest-based communities, some of the many different way…
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Pam shares the first edition of Harbor Highlights, the new monthly audio dispatch she’s creating for her Patreon supporters. In it, she’ll be sharing the behind-the-scenes details of her next grand adventure! Listen in to learn more. And click here to join her on Patreon! Note that it’s only her Patreon page name that has changed, not the podcast n…
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So many people struggle with deschooling. It's probably less about doing it "right" or "wrong" and more about recognizing that it's not a one-and-done kind of thing. We're in a hurry to get on with it, right? This Unschooling Mom2Mom podcast is all about REALLY examining deschooling. Can you do it in a week or a month and then plug the kids into an…
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As the semester winds down, many homeschooling parents are taking another look at their options. Maybe these past few months weren't what they expected. Maybe they'd like something different. Whether you're new to homeschooling this year, or you've been doing this for a little while, here's the reassurance you need that you're not alone! AND the in…
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We’re back with another episode in our Unschooling “Rules” series. And we use the word “rules” in quotes to draw attention to the fact that there is no such thing as an unschooling rule! It can feel easier to reach for a set of rules to follow, especially when we’re learning something new, but we want to offer you space to look within, to find what…
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This week, I’m talking about: Desires and Expectations Are desires good? Are expectations about control? Can our expectations spoil our family celebrations? Challenges Should we give our kids space to set their own challenges? Do we need to challenge ourselves too? Books Do people judge us on our book choices? Can sharing the books we’re reading le…
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Here's your open invitation to give unschooling a try this month! I have a lot of resources to help you see what it's like. Here are few mentioned on today's podcast: Unschooling Guide: Holiday Learning This mini-magazine will show you all the subjects weaving through typical holiday activities. Once you see this, you won't feel guilty about ditchi…
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Quick Links Check out the Black Friday-inspired bundle specials on the newly refreshed Living Joyfully Shop! Transcript Hello, everyone! I’m Pam Laricchia from Living Joyfully and I’m popping in to share a couple of bits of news with you. First is the Black Friday-inspired sale happening in the Living Joyfully Shop right now! It runs […]…
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Competition, comparison, and measuring our children may seem natural to us - because that's how we were raised. But maybe it's working against us as we move toward unschooling. Sue Patterson shares 4 ideas to consider that may help you make a healthier shift for yourself and your kids. 3 other podcasts mentioned: What's Your Why? Your Own Education…
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This week, I’m talking about right and wrong… If we think something is right, should we do it? Do we have to push through any difficulties we might encounter? Perhaps we can’t give up unless we’re willing to do something we know is wrong. And if we do that, we won’t feel at peace. The big question is: is unschooling the right thing to do? If it is,…
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While we may be a little nervous about this season of get-togethers with friends and family - our kids may need a little help from us. Prepping ahead of time is the key to success! This Unschooling Mom2Mom Podcast/blogpost will show you how to get everyone out of The Hot Seat! Unschooling Resources Mentioned Black Friday Sales on Courses and Member…
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We’re back with another episode in our Unschooling “Rules” series. And we use the word “rules” in quotes to draw attention to the fact that there is no such thing as an unschooling rule! It can feel easier to reach for a set of rules to follow, especially when we’re learning something new, but we […]…
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Do good parents stay firmly in control of their children, demanding obedience, good behaviour and respect? Do they practise tough love? Or are there problems with this method of parenting? Is there some other way of raising kids to be good people who want to do what is right? Is it okay to parent with unconditional love? This week, I’m sharing a fe…
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November is the month a lot of people focus on the benefits of Gratitude. Creating Gratitude Journals is one of the most popular tools. Some of our kids may love to write and journal while others... not so much! This podcast is all about seeing the different ways we can use the concept of Gratitude Journals - whether your kids are writers or not! H…
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Is unschooling about drifting aimlessly through each day? Do unschoolers waste time? Or do they live intentionally responding to their needs and making sure they achieve the things that are relevant and important to them? Do unschoolers direct their lives instead of letting life direct them? Is that the meaning of true freedom? Does the word ‘plann…
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Are you choosing to unschooling, but your own parents are not embracing it? Sue Patterson shares what may be going on in this week's Unschooling Mom2Mom Podcast! Go to the website to see the graphic mentioned. Unschooling Resources Unschooling Guide: Critics and Naysayers This PDF Guide will help you as you deal with your own critics. Creating Conf…
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It is what it is. An interesting episode or not. I don’t suppose it matters. All that’s important is love. Show Notes Please visit my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family, to read my post, Preventing Childhood Trauma with Unconditional Love. It contains today’s show notes. My Unschooling Books The Unschool Challenge: Kindle The Unschool Challenge…
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Is it irresponsible to trust and unschool teenagers? When unschoolers reach the teenage years, is it time for something else? Or could unschooling be exactly what our older kids need? Could it keep them safe? This week, I’m discussing these questions and more, sharing lots of thoughts, stories and resources. Show Notes Please visit my blog, Stories…
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With Halloween a week away, this episode of the Unschooling Mom2Mom Podcast is all about some of the issues that might pop up for us, like: Candy consumption Big Kids trick-or-treating Criticism from people who don't like how we want to do things If you hop over to the website, you'll see the transcript but also a collection from other unschooling …
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When we're not moving in the direction of lesson plans and curriculum, what's an unschooler to do? Brainstorm with the Kids! That's what we're talking about this week. Here are some of the resources mentioned in this Unschooling Mom2Mom Podcast. Unschooling Resources for You! Unschooling Guide: Brainstorm Time! Use this as your planning tool to fig…
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Should children be responsible for their own educations? Or is that an irresponsible idea? This week, I’m exploring lots of questions including: Is learning an active activity that needs the learner’s cooperation? Is it impossible to force knowledge into a child without resorting to teaching methods that ultimately destroy their natural love of lea…
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Is unschooling about staying in bed late, spending lazy days in the forest, and baking cookies? Or is there more to unschooling than that? What does a typical unschooling day look like? Will it be different in different families? Will it change over time? Whatever it looks like, will it always be packed with deep learning, the kind that matters and…
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Quick answer: YES! This week's Unschooling Mom2Mom podcast will walk you through some of the nuances connected with "being legal." How to find the laws that apply where you live How to interpret the requirements How to handle documentation How unschoolers "cover" subjects when they're required Even Info for International unschoolers You can read th…
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On this episode of the podcast, we’re sharing another entry in our Unschooling “Rules” series. We use the word “rules” in quotes to draw attention to the fact that there is no such thing as an unschooling rule! It can feel easier to reach for a set of rules to follow, especially when we’re learning […]…
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Are kids more likely to suffer mental health problems if they experience excessive control? Could video games provide safe spaces for kids to retreat to when life becomes too difficult? If we insist kids leave their games and they get upset, could it be the real world that we’re forcing them to return to that’s the problem and not the video games? …
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Even if you aren't unschooling, these tips will help you see how your homeschooling experience with the kids could be so much better! Sue Patterson shares nearly 30 years of experience here on this week's podcast, helping you think about what matters and what doesn't really matter TO YOU. While you'll continue to deshool - because we can't see ever…
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This week, I’m going back to basics: I’m discussing the question, What is Unschooling? I’m also sharing several stories to illustrate my definition: What Is Unschooling? Why Unschooling Isn’t a Method of Homeschooling What Is Unschooling? A Transcript I also share some links to other unschoolers’ definitions of unschooling. Show Notes Please visit …
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This week on the podcast, we’re sharing a conversation I had recently for the Self Directed Podcast with Jesper and Cecilie Conrad. It was such an invigorating conversation that I asked if we could share it here as well and they graciously agreed. We dive into the art of fostering strong, respectful, and trusting parent-child […]…
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This week, I'm discussing chores. How do we encourage our kids to be generous and willing workers? I’m sharing two stories: How to Get Kids to Do the Chores The Radical Chore Roster Please visit my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family, to read my post, Can Radical Unschoolers Use Chore Rosters? It contains today’s show notes. My Unschooling Books…
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People have been referring to unschooling as unparenting for decades - and nothing could be farther from the truth! When people use the term “unparenting,” they usually mean something like this: No assistance or direction from the parents Parents who don’t publicly reprimand their kids when they don’t conform socially. Parents not enforcing bed tim…
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Unschooling is widely misunderstood on the internet! Sue Patterson, who unschooled her own 3 now-grown "kids" shares how to be successful at interpreting unschooling. Thinking of it as a compass, it points you toward more individualization and more connection as opposed to simply duplicating what is familiar. It's time to rethink how we approach le…
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This week, I’m sharing a blog post, Should We Push Kids to Use Their Talents, Aim High and Impress? This post includes stories about people who have followed the pathway desired by their parents and ended up unhappy. And there’s one story about a man who, despite achieving the necessary grades to study medicine or law, chose to become a high school…
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