The John Holt Captioning Project: You Can Help!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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