• If you loved Ippie, you will adore Durinda! Durinda was perfectly content. But now she's a little ... More

    The Day Durinda Disappeared!
  • Help your child discover The Santa Secret - A Rite of Passage for Children of Faith. This book ... More

    The Santa Secret – A Rite of Passage for Children of Faith
  • Meet Ippie! Ippie's a barefooted, band-aid covered, free-spirited eight-year old. She's a lot ... More

    Ippie Unschooled
  • A Pair Of Sparkly Sneakers - A Mother's Journey To Inner Wisdom A Pair of Sparkly Sneakers is ... More

    A Pair Of Sparkly Sneakers – Discover Your Inner Wisdom!

The Day Durinda Disappeared…The Story Behind My Latest Book

The Day Durinda Disappeared

I was four years old when my baby brother entered the world and took center stage in my family - or at least, that was how I felt. Until then, everything I'd said and done had been noticed - celebrated even. Suddenly, my accomplishments were old hat, and all eyes were focused on this small, helpless ... More

The John Holt Captioning Project: You Can Help!


If you've been part of the unschooling world for a while, the name John Holt is one you will recognize. Holt's research and published works are a cornerstone of the unschooling movement. Today, Pat Farenga continues Holt's important work at johnholtgws.com. Recently, Pat has teamed up with Mike ... More

Let Your Voice Be Heard


As you quite likely already know, there's no "one size fits all" to unschooling. Different families practice it in different ways. For those of you living in the UK, there is a wonderful opportunity coming up to share your unique voice about unschooling. Kate Graham, a journalist, will be ... More

The Story Behind the Santa Secret

The Santa Secret

One muggy July evening my eleven-year old son surprised me with a question. “Is Santa real, Mommy?” he asked, with saucer-big eyes. The question itself wasn’t all that surprising. I’d known for quite a while that he was getting ready to say goodbye to that magical part of his childhood. The ... More

The Santa Secret


Last year. Christmastime. My oldest son, nearly 11, was wavering in his beliefs about Santa. Dear Santa, he wrote, It's getting harder to believe, but I'm trying to have faith. I was pretty sure this was the last Christmas he'd be able to hang on to the magic of Santa. But what then? How ... More

Parenting: A Sky-Diving Kind of Adventure


Several years back, when my youngest was still an infant, we had a mother's helper with a thrill-seeking streak. Her dearest wish was to experience sky diving. One morning, she practically floated in the door. "I'm doing it! I'm going skydiving this weekend!" she announced. My pint-sized compatriots ... More

On Unschooling and Math


My oldest, Thomas, has just entered sixth grade - at least, according to the public school that oversees our unschooling adventure. The last time he had anything remotely resembling a formal math lesson was when he was five years old, and I was still in my "we're doing things exactly like school, ... More