Unschooling Doesn’t Have Report Cards

It’s pretty common for people new to the concept of unschooling to ask, “If you don’t test your children, how will you know if they’re learning?” I’ve always found that such a curious question. Just think how profoundly the education system has woven itself into our psyche to think that the only way to recognize […]

Unschooling Means Not Needing to Control Others

When it comes to “things you give up for unschooling,” I think near the top of the list you’ll find control. More specifically, controlling others. Many of us grew up being told that, “when you’re an adult you can do things your way, but now you do them mine.” And now that you’re finally the […]

Unschooling Means Spending Time with Your Children

Choosing unschooling isn’t a decision to be taken lightly—though it may come together pretty quickly. When considering such a life-changing decision, it’s common practice to weigh the pros and cons. To make our list, we gather information: we read online, hit the library, ask around to see if we have a friend, or a friend […]

Joy is a Beacon for Community and Growth

So far we’ve looked at the value of using joy as a beacon for learning, relationships, and work. Now let’s look at joy as a guide for finding community. What do I mean by community? Basically, finding like-minded people who will inspire us to continue to learn and grow as a person. And the people […]

Joy is a Beacon for Building a Personal Body of Work

We’ve been talking about the “joy” in living joyfully, so let’s dive right into why I find joy such a useful guide for building a personal body of work. I love Pamela Slim’s description of a body of work—a bigger concept than a job or even a career—from her book, Body of Work: Finding the […]

Joy is a Beacon for Building Strong Family Relationships

I chose Living Joyfully as the name of my website because I found that joy was, and is, an unerring compass for all aspects of our unschooling lifestyle. Last time we looked at learning, so now let’s look at why joy is such a valuable touchstone for building strong and connected relationships with our children (or […]

Joy is a Beacon for Living and Learning

Years ago I chose to name this website Living Joyfully as a loving, yet persistent, reminder to follow the joy. And this month I thought I’d dive into some of the reasons why I chose the concept of “joy” to fundamentally represent the unschooling lifestyle. Let’s start by making sure we’re on the same page […]

Interview: Anne’s Unschooling Journey

A bit about you … Name? Hi!  I Am Anne Elizabeth Ohman. Location? I live on 10 mountaintop acres in rural New York State. What does your family look like? I live in my home with my husband, our English Bulldog (Monty) and our Welsh Corgi (Roxi).  My youngest son, Sam (21, always unschooled) lives […]

Freedom to Live: Embracing the Flow of Life

Here we are! Can I just take a moment to say it makes me smile how closely the name of this final stage aligns with the title of my second book, Free to Live? That’s the one about living unschooling where I delve into the four lifestyle characteristics that I found had the most positive impact […]

Master of the Two Worlds: Seeing Possibilities Everywhere

We’ve talked a lot lately about the two worlds—the unschooling/unconventional world and the conventional world—and how, in the return phase of our journey, we’re working to knit them together. Freedom to pass back and forth across the world division, from the perspective of the apparitions of time to that of the causal deep and back—not […]