My guest this week is Nick Hess, also known online as The Unschool Dad. He and his wife unschool their five children. We chat about about his family’s move to unschooling, what it was about unschooling that resonated with him, what he’s found challenging, and surprising, about unschooling as it has unfolded in their lives, and lots more!
Quote of the Week
“For thousands of years, humans learned naturally. When you let it happen and you get there, and you do not force it, you are just there helping them. And I think that is the important part, is that you have to be there. I mean, me and my wife are constantly with our children. You have to be there to help them, and guide them, answer their questions, or help them spell something. And when you are there, and you are just part of your children’s lives, you just see it all. You come together and it is truly a magical lifestyle that we live, it is just amazing.” ~ Nick Hess
Questions for Nick
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family?
I love hearing about what unschooling kids are up to. Can you share what your children are interested in right now?
What did your family’s move to unschooling look like?
What were the pieces that resonated with you and helped you feel more confident in choosing unschooling?
What has been the most challenging aspect of moving to unschooling for you?
What has surprised you most so far about how unschooling has unfolded in your lives?
You post regularly on Facebook and Instagram as The Unschool Dad, sharing inspirational quotes as well as pics of your unschooling lives. I enjoy following you guys and I’d love to know what inspired you to start this project.
As an unschooling dad, what piece of advice would you like to share with dads who are considering or just starting out on this journey?
Links to Things Mentioned in the Show
Rosie Hess illustrated the book, Bubbles and Puddles: Our Unschooling Adventure, by Kristie Howe