Robin Bentley is an unschooling mom who loves dancing hula, playing the yukelele, and supporting her daughter’s exploration of her interests and passions. We have a wonderful conversation about unschooling passions, including how supporting our child’s interests often ends up being a positive experience for us as well, healing our own childhood, tips and ideas for supporting our child’s interests, even if we don’t share it, and lots more!
Quote of the Week
“One way to become supportive of your kid is thinking of how you would feel in that situation and what you would have liked your parents to do. You become the parent that you wish you had by supporting your kids.” ~ Robin Bentley
Questions for Robin
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family?
How did you discover unschooling and what did your family’s move to unschooling look like?
What are your daughter’s interests right now? I’d love to hear about how you’re supporting her as she pursues her interests and passions.
Have you found that the things you do to support your daughter also end up being positive experiences for your as well?
Can you share some tips and ideas for unschooling parents looking to support their child’s interests?
What advice would you give to parents who, while understand why it’s good to support their child’s interests, find that they don’t share the interest, or even actively dislike it?
What’s been your favourite thing about choosing unschooling so far?
Links to things mentioned in the show
Robin first heard about unschooling in local La Leche League meetings
She first began reading things by Sandra Dodd, Pam Sorooshian, and Joyce Fetteroll
They attend Sakura-Con, the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest
Robin sang a beautiful rendition of Michael Aranda’s It’s Okay to Not Like Things
You can find her on Facebook, and in the Facebook groups, My unschooler is interested in … and Radical Unschooling Info
Another inspiring episode. Many thanks! I didn’t see Robin’s Twitter handle in the notes. May I get that?
Pam Laricchia says
Thanks for the reminder, Stevie! Here you go: