Bean Dip

Pass the Bean Dip?

Over the years, moms have shared ways to cleverly remove themselves from awkward situations. One of these methods is frequently referred to as, “Pass the Bean Dip.” The saying was circulated a lot on message boards from the late 1990′s and early 2000′s. Some attribute the saying to someone named Joanne at The Well-Trained Mind…

949a0e31b23eb12c56435be8d1fc7140

Listening to the Teens

Sometimes it helps to hear from those a little further down the path.  When unschooled teens and young adults were surveyed in Homeschooled Teens (over 60% of the survey respondents were unschoolers!), they shared candidly about what their lives were like during their teenage years. Instead of seeing their family’s educational choice as putting them at any…

a sign

Are You Looking for A Sign?

Someone asked me, “How does a parent who is fairly mainstream, transition to something as fringe as unschooling?”` I told her that that’s our story! ;) I shared how Michael went to school for Kindergarten and 1st grade, Katie went for Kindergarten only, and Alyssa did a little time in part-time preschool, then later, high school…

UM2M - FB2

Unschooling Mom2Mom Facebook Group

Three weeks ago, I was online with friends and we were talking about how many questions we have from people about unschooling. Since it was nearly time for school to start back up, many moms were struggling (and lots of kids were panicking) about the prospect of returning to school. I had spoken to a…

b9970858z.1_20130811222255_000_g9m1vmr7.1-1

Don’t Do It!

Normally, I don’t write anti-school blogposts. Many wonderful families who love their children use the school system and many more see school as their ticket to the American Dream. That’s fine. I’m usually perfectly okay with people making decisions that differ from mine. But this time of year, I have twinge that doesn’t want to go away.…

Sue's dad

Father’s Day… 2014

Father’s Day has come and gone – it’s 3 minutes until midnight as I begin to write this. Alyssa asked me today if it’s weird to not have a dad on Father’s Day. For a second, I didn’t even understand the question. Then I realized she meant, since my dad is dead. My dad died…

TOC

My Homeschooled Teens Book!!

I’m getting excited! After 3 years (plus some) I’m finally at a place where I can show my chapters to someone and we can build the book! The writing is complete. Whew! I surveyed 75 teens and young adults from the ages of 15-39, asking them to answer questions about their lives as homeschooled teens.…