This week, I’m joined by Ali Walker, an unschooling mom and primatologist living in New Zealand. I have gotten to know Ali on the Living Joyfully Network, where she has shared some incredible insights about parenting and unschooling through her lens as a primate researcher focusing on the mother/infant bond. Ali details some of the realizations she has made during her own journey as a mother, including the need to be present and available for Very Important Sitting, the importance of interdependence and connection, and how self care fits into her unschooling life. Her perspective is fascinating!
Questions for Ali
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 move to unschooling look like?
You worked as a primatologist before having kids. I’d love to hear some of the ways that experience has influenced your experiences with your children.
A few months ago in the Network you shared a really valuable idea, which you described as ‘Very Important Sitting.’ Can you share what that is?
With two young kids, some days can feel long and exhausting. I’d love to hear your thoughts around self-care and what that looks like for you right now.
What is your favourite thing about the flow of your unschooling days?
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