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Peaceful Parenting Is Not Perfect Parenting

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)




Peaceful Parenting is not perfect parenting.
It is the constant choice to seek a respectful, non-violent, loving relationship with our offspring; especially in times of conflict.



 

CONFESSION!!!

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Freeschoolin' @ The 1st Barrie Comic Con and Reflections

Posted on October 17, 2016 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)





We are a family that is proud of our Geekdom!



The closest town to us, Barrie, Ontario, hosted it's first Barrie Public Library Comic Con and we were super stoked to attend!

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Imagine Freeschoolin'

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)




Hope, 6, searching for frogs by the pond.



 

Imagine if there were no hurried mornings with hurried breakfasts and hurried arguments.


Imagine no scrambling to finish homework, no worrying over test scores and no school yard bullying.


Imagine the end of bedtime battles, not enough time to s...

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Peaceful Parenting In Public (Local Club Meet-Up)

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)







This week we've been social! 




Through our local Un/Homeschool Club, we attended a park meet-up where we met lots of new and some familiar friends and had a WONDERFUL time. We packed a picnic lunch and stayed an hour longer than planned; we didn't want to leave the fu...

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An Unschooled Spring In Ontario, Canada

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)





 


There's so much to learn in the growing season!




We've been growing seedlings for our garden.....





we've been digging in the garden....

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Unschooling Warriors: Battling The Fear

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (1)








I think successful Unschooling/Freeschoolin' families are great warriors. And our greatest adversary? Fear.


Not just our own, but everyone's.



Everyone who was ever indoctrinated to believe that the only way to learn is to be sitting...

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Why We Don't Have An Alarm Clock

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 





Art By Freeschoolin' Mommy




That's right.

We don't own one.  Haven't since Daddy I have been together; over 7 years now.



Yes, we have things to be up for; even early morning. And we don't alway...

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February Freeschoolin' : An Unschooling Update

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)



It's been a super fun month!



We've hit up a few indoor playgrounds which Hope (5) has LOVED and they let adults play too so it's great for the whole family!



Hope at In-Play, a local indoor playground.



Ev...

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Freeschoolin' Weighs In : Co-Sleeping

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)


 


Hope, the fairy princess, on the family bed.



I have been hearing a lot lately about how Co-Sleeping can cause serious issues. I think that any lifestyle choice has risks.

20 years ago Babies were never to be put on their backs for fear they would choke and now people are instructed never to put them on their stomachs....

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Why We Don't Care If Our Kids Swear

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (3)





Now, to be clear, of course we care very much about our offspring!



Image from "South Park, The Movie" depicting a scene where Cartman is implanted with a "V-Chip" to make him stop swearing.



But they (our kids) are free to use the...

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Small Home Living : Reasons Why It's A Freeschoolin' Essential For Us

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (2)




Hope (5) in our cozy apt that is about 500 Sq Ft in size; over a garage.

 


I want to share this but I have to start off by saying; whatever works for every family.

I mean that.  If what we talk about here is not in your scope or not your cup of tea, we hope you'll feel empowered to make your own choices for your...

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Peaceful Parenting and Chores

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Growing up, both Daddy and I had to do chores. Most of us did.

Yet we are still learning how to best keep a clean home without cleaning all the time. The evidence became clear; the old punitive way of kids doing chores is not effective . We had to find another way.



"So how are we doing it?"


We threw out chores. We don't h...

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In Honour Of Carrie, A Radical Unschooling Earth Treasure

Posted on December 20, 2015 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)



"Our Carrie"            by Wendy Elizabeth Hart - Freeschoolin' Mommy
(I drew this when I could feel things were nearing transition for Carrie; this is how I saw her soul. Beautiful and free, her energy full of rainbows. I then found out she'd gone by Rainbow Rivers for many years online, unbeknownst to me. Her last profile pict...

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We're Honest About Santa And Here's Why

Posted on November 29, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)




Hope in her Santa hat; we all have one!



Hope (5) is excited to write her letter to Santa Claus at the North Pole and wants to put out milk and cookies on Christmas Eve, however, she understands that in this world, he is not actually flying around in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

And when we play in the field as a family of horses we neigh and gallo...

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Freeschoolin' @ A Birthday Party!

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)



Hope was invited to her first friend's Birthday Party and we attended this past weekend; what an exciting event!

I wondered how Hope (5) would react but because we always model respect for the rules outside of our home, she had no problem adapting to the rules in our beloved friends' home during the Party.




Bonus; it was a ...

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Hope Is (Rarely) Sick! How We're Still Freeschoolin'!

Posted on September 20, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)


We had our first 2 big Club meet-ups for the first time in a long time this week, as many of  you know. and we are thinking Hope (5) must have caught something; she awoke yesterday complaining of a scratchy throat and by the end of the day she had a fever.


We cuddled up with her, fed her raw honey and helped her sleep. This morning I went shopping and picked her up...

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Legally Breast Feeding Mama Finds Success in 1 Woman, 1 Babe Protest

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)


 

Here in Ontario, Canada, it's not only legal to BF everywhere, anytime, it's illegal to try to stop a Mother from feeding her young in public.

 

Patricia Anne Burton, a Barrie area Nursing Mom, was told by Barrie YMCA that she could not breastfeed her son there and to go "cover up" in the bathroom.


S...

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Screen Freedom - Internet Outage

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)


This weekend we lost our internet and phone line due to construction, right in the middle of things we were doing online.



 

Because we do not restrict screen time for ourselves or Hope it was not a big deal to just omit what we couldn't do from our lives until the internet came back.


Hope, 4, understood when we explained that sometimes...

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A Beautiful, Alternative Response

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)



A recent incident has sparked much talk on social media and without starting a debate, I'd like to share a peaceful, lovely response.



 You can find Alicia Johnson at her Blog, Blissfully Informed Hippie Chick

To Judge - to form an opinion or estimate

To Observe - to regard with attention, especially so as to see or learn so...

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Food Freedom

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (4)

 

 
Hope has had full food freedom, barring safety concerns, since she was 2; she's almost 5 now.


(Hope making a Kale,broccoli and cheese sandwich for herself.)

 

She and I went shopping and Hope used the pictures in the flyer to pick out ( by request ) a pear, 2 avacados and 2 kiwis. The next day, I served her organic chips and ch...

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