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2015 In Review // Our Unschooling Journey

2015 is coming to an end so this post is a review of what our unschooling journey looked like in the past 12 months. Overall, it’s been a challenging year for our family. Unschooling has literally helped hold us together. I cannot imagine how much more difficult doing some of the things we’ve had to…

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On My Birthday // 30 Things About Me

I don’t have a middle name. I believe in past lives. I love to sleep. But I hate going to sleep. My current favourite colour is yellow. I never knew that I wanted to be a mother. Until one day I looked at Brian while we washed the dishes in our little cottage and then…

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Unschooling & Labels

 We’ve always used the label Unschooling for our choice of lifestyle and I wanted to clear some of the misconceptions surrounding the term. I’ve recently noticed many families shy away from using the term Unschooling to describe their home education choices because of the seemingly negative connotations attributed to it. Firstly, what does Unschooling actually mean? The most commonly…

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Blake’s Birth Story – 12 October 2010

The Birth Story of Blake Matthew Born Tuesday, 12 October 2010 Into water at 04:16am Weighing 3.76kg and 50cm long After a 5 hour labour At the Birth Centre, RWBH Dearest Baby, Before you were conceived I knew I would have an October baby. It was such a strong feeling of intuition and my intuition…

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Facilitating Unschooling // The Parents Role

As a parent, choosing to Unschool means choosing to be responsible for your child’s entire education right? I don’t believe so. A child is an individual and therefore their education will be unique to them. Children are not a vessel to be filled with information and facts, rather they have their own ideas and thoughts…

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Travelling to Europe With Kids // Q & A

I  recently asked my Facebook and Instagram community what burning questions they had about our experiences travelling around Europe with our three kids,  and what follows are the answers to those questions! How did the kids do with traveling? Overall, they were fabulous. We were really proud of them. We didn’t have a relaxed resort-style 5…

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What does Unschooling look like?

 Other families always want to know – what does unschooling look like? What is our every day?  Let me show you! Unschooling looks like hanging out at the beach on Tuesdays and having it all to ourselves. Unschooling looks like our children being able to learn skills at their own pace in the way that…

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Life Lately…

When Brian was offered the opportunity to work in Mount Isa, neither of us were sure whether that was a town we wanted to spend even a short time living in. However, we had been asking the universe for a means to allow us the financial freedom to travel around Australia and this seemed like…

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What Really Happens When You Travel Europe With Kids? + My #1 Top Family Travel Tip

You will have nightmares about the flight, bring too many activities, and definitely forget something. But the children – or at least one child – will prove you wrong and be complete flight angels. You will be family travel superstars! Note: Said ‘one child’ is unlikely to be the toddler. You will deal with jet-lag…

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No More Milk // An Ode to Breastfeeding

Dearest, darling Daisy, We reached another milestone together recently. After 20 months of breastfeeding, you have had your final breastfeed. This time, it’s incredibly bittersweet because you will probably be my last baby and the last little love that I ever have the pleasure of breastfeeding. As soon as you were born, you easily latched…

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