Sue Patterson is a long-time unschooling mom of three grown children. She recently released a book, Homeschooled Teens, where she shares her own insights from unschooling three teens plus what she discovered when she sent out a survey about being homeschooled through adolescence and 75 teens and young adults replied in detail.
In this episode, Sue shares some of what she found with us.
Quote of the Week
“Teens are subjected to far more restrictions than are any of the other groups—to roughly twice as many restrictions as incarcerated felons and active-duty Marines and to more than ten times as many as everyday adults.” ~ Robert Epstein, Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence.
First, Sue shares about her family’s unschooling experience:
- How her family came to unschooling.
- The fascinating threads of interests and activities that wove together to bring her children to where they are today.
- What inspired her to take on this book project.
And then we dig into the book itself:
- Some of the advantages that the respondents saw from not going to school.
- The ways they learned outside the classroom.
- What their social lives looked like.
- Their experiences pursuing interests, hobbies, and jobs.
- The strength of their family relationships.
- Some of the advice the teen and young adult respondents wanted to share with worried parents.
- What surprised her most when she was going through the responses.
Links to things mentioned in the show
Unschooling Mom2Mom, a curated information about unschooling, sharing the best of the best: unschoolingmom2mom.com
And the related FB group: Unschooling Mom2Mom
Sue’s book, Homeschooled Teens on Amazon
You can get a free chapter from Sue’s book, Homeschooled Teens, here: suepatterson.com/free-chapter
Sue’s coaching practice, helping families homeschool successfully: suepatterson.com
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