Monday, March 24, 2014

Schedule change for Gold Coast:

Because now we've seen the site, and the sun will be going down, and mostly because I've seen how exhausted I am (and others, too) after a whole day of talks, I'm going to cancel this Friday night bit:

Dinner break, games (cards, board games in the room until 9:00, then straighten up

Q&A until 6:00 or maybe a little longer, pack up food and close the hall by 6:30.

Come back Saturday morning and do it some more.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kathryn Dubay

My name is Kathryn Dubay, Mum to Mia (12), Jude (09) and Rueben (6). The kids have never been to school, nor followed any curriculum. Over the last 5 years I’ve done a Lot of reading, reading, reading on Sandra’s discussion lists and websites, and put forward the odd discussion for inspiration and clarity.

I embraced unschooling when Mia was around 7; she remembers life when restrictions were plentiful around food, media and a lot more. It was Difficult for me; always trying to control, impress my values, etc. So much time and headspace spent enforcing rules and regulations. Now, I spend my time With them, learning alongside them. Helping them get what they need; being here for them. I have learnt so much from them! The biggest thing I struggled with prior to unschooling was the manipulation and coercion tactics I witnessed most parents’ putting on their children. I would never try to coerce or manipulate my friends, so why would I use such tactics with my kids? Unschooling reflects honesty, transparency, trust and So Much more in my relationship with my children.