Tag archives for trusting your kids

  1. Fighting for childhood

    I don’t really know what to say in this post.  I feel so frustrated that in this current society, we have to fight to let our children have a childhood.  When did it become the norm to steal that from them? When did it stop becoming okay for a child to spend the day in…

  2. All I am saying in this book can be summed up in two words – Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple – or more difficult. Difficult, because to trust children we must trust ourselves – and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.

    John Holt

  3. Everything has equal value

    One thing that I have committed to myself, again and again, is allowing each interest and each possible topic or “subject” in my children’s learning to have equal weight.  In the education of my children, I agree with Sir Ken Robinson that creativity is as important as literacy. Creativity can come into play in any…

  4. Making a living instead of a life?

    Logan LaPlante on his unschooling (or “hackschooling,” as he calls it). It’s awesome to hear a child discussing his own education. And he’s right on. His ideas focus on a life of happiness, true happiness. He also discusses his future and his desires for his life.

  5. Children don’t need to be taught to work hard.  They need to be allowed the freedom to pursue what they deeply love, and the hard work will come all on its own.  (And it will come joyfully.)

    Me.

  6. Allowing kids to be themselves

    We were at the library today (hence the Instagram pictures instead of real ones :) ).  My 8-year-old and my 6-year-old came to me, wanting help to find something new to read.  They were ready for something new. I got excited, hoping to introduce them to some of my old favorites.  I offered Charlotte’s Web…

  7. It is part of the mythology of childhood itself that children hate learning and will avoid it at all costs.  Of course, anyone who has had a child knows what an absurd lie this is.  From infancy onward, children are the most fantastic learners in the world.

    Daniel Quinn

  8. “What do I desire?”

    I’ve heard a lot of negativity about this theory, but I won’t apologize for loving it. I don’t care that it doesn’t fit into the world we live in. I feel like it is a waste of time to push my kids to find a life that they are miserable in so that they may…

  9. How do you define yourself?

    How do we see our children? How do we teach them to see themselves? Unschooling is all about trust. Trust in who they are, trust in who they can become. Life is all about something so much more glorious than the mundane everyday experiences. But the mundane everyday, and how we react to it, is…

  10. See the world through their eyes

    Perspective.   (I’m not sure of the artist, but I wish I were so I could attribute this to them.  Please let me know if you do.) There are days when the kids have been wildly happy in their imaginations and have thrived in creativity.  And those days are remarkably messy sometimes.  It can be…