Anna Brown joins me for another Unschooling in Context episode! This time, we explore unschooling in the context of consent. I think consent lies at the heart of unschooling and I’m excited to share my conversation with Anna about what that means and how it informs the ways our families move through the world. It has also been our theme in the Living Joyfully Network this month, so we have been steeping in these ideas!
First, let’s get everyone situated. Let’s talk about what we mean by consent and why is it so important.
There’s a valuable paradigm shift that takes us a step deeper into unschooling and that’s the shift away from talking about something and toward living it. We don’t need to talk about the theory of “consent” or “unschooling” with our kids, instead, we live it.
Let’s talk about what it means to push through another person’s consent.
Another aspect of consent that I find fascinating and so valuable is the idea of consensual conversations. Let’s start by explaining what we mean by that.
Coming to conversations with our kids with even an unspoken agenda can get in the way of consent. I think it’s so valuable to take a moment to check in with ourselves before a starting a conversation with our kids to see if we’re feeling resistant to a “no” answer and peel that back a bit.
Everyday unschooling, by which I mean connecting with our kids through engaging with and supporting them in their chosen activities, is a brilliant way to help our kids better understand consent! Let’s dive into that.
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