Lucia Silva joins me this week to talk about unschooling as a lifestyle and her journey so far! We talked about how her understanding of unschooling has grown over the past few years and how what she’s learned has benefited all of her relationships. We also dove into the idea of expectations and how conversations with our families become so much more fun and interesting when we drop the agenda. Lucia shared some amazing a-ha moments she experienced while having conversations with her children, as well as her realization that every unschooling family’s life will be completely unique!
Questions for Lucia
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family? What is everybody interested in right now?
How did you discover unschooling and what did your family’s initial move to unschooling look like?
For many families, the first big milestone on their unschooling journey is choosing to not send their kids to school. It’s an educational choice and the focus is on how their kids are going to learn instead. But so often, it doesn’t stop there. Unschooling grows beyond academics into a lifestyle. Can you share what that process has looked like for you?
As we come to more fully understand the foundations of unschooling and get more comfortable with how they weave into our days, there is another paradigm shift that happens. And that’s a shift away from feeling like there are unschooling “rules” we should follow and toward exploring the right choices for our unique family. Which is why unschooling can look so different in different families, can’t it?
As we embrace unschooling as a lifestyle ever more deeply and our self-awareness grows, many of us discover how often we go into conversations with our kids with an agenda—a plan in our mind of how we want things to go. Even if we don’t state it out loud, it comes across in our energy. When we can shift away from that to showing up with an open and curious mindset, it makes a world of difference, doesn’t it?
What has surprised you most so far about your unschooling journey?
Things mentioned in the episode
The Day I Became an Autodidact by Kendall Haley
Lucia is on Instagram as IciclesandBirthdayClothes
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