A totally great example of self-directed learning and a parent brave enough to follow

This is a guest post from Ilana Wiles. Parent's magazine crowned her the Queen of Instagram. You can follow her @mommyshorts and she blogs at Mommy Shorts.

I started following @2sisters_angie a little over a year ago. Back then she was posting the typical stuff you see from moms on Instagram — pics of her daughter at the park, pics of her daughter eating breakfast and lots of photos of her daughter playing dress-up.

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Kids learn best from life, not teachers

In therapy the other week, I was with Zehavi, who doesn't love therapy per se, but he loves an audience and therefore loves a therapist. He said his life is so hard and it's so hard to live on a farm and go to the city and the only good day of the week is Saturday. When he is in cello classes all day long.

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When is it too late to change my mind?

One of the scariest things about homeschooling is that you are deciding to put your kid on the road less traveled. Who knows if it's a good road? We can see the standard path is bad, but it's hard to know for sure that the alternative path will turn out better.

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Trendspotting firm predicts surge in unschooling

If you're on the fence about homeschooling, the first thing you worry about is curriculum. And then, it seems,  you write an email to me. Because I get two or three emails every day from people who ask me how I deal with curriculum.

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How to unschool a kid AND send him to school

This is a guest post from Anna Keller. She wrote an earlier guest post here when she took her son out of school.

Last spring, my husband and I pulled our eighth-grade son out of a private, academically-focused school that he had attended since pre-K. While it was a major decision, it was also an effortless one. We had reached the end of our rope.

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Childhood should be about discovering talents

Traditional school focuses on well-roundedness, but a well-rounded kid has no idea what their value is to other people or how to offer it up to a potential employer. It's late in the game to help your kid to figure out how to be useful when they are 22 – they expect to be more independent from you at that point.

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Why I love Suzuki method for music education

We unschool in our family: video games all day, no math. I didn't teach my youngest child how to read and write. He learned to read from Pokemon and he learned to write on Minecraft.

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Obsessive video game play is the most beneficial of all screen time

Today all parents are faced with the choice of how to regulate screen time for their kids. It's a decision made more difficult because much advice about video games and parenting comes from people who are too scared to question the status quo  or people who are too scared to imagine their kids having a childhood different from their own. 

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Considering homeschooling? Ask yourself these questions

Sometimes I visit Science Daily and click around until I find something fun. Recently I found this: Homeschool kids are leaner than kids who go to school. And I thought to myself, of course this is true.

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What does genius risk-taking look like in the context of school?

Often my reading about school makes me angry. There's a big conversation on Mr. Money Mustache about how everyone knows their kids are wilting in school. And yet, they still send their kids to school. It's amazing to me how much parents understand the detriments of school even as they turn their brains off to follow the status quo.

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