Karen Matthews joins me this week! Karen and her grown son, Tyler, own a furniture and wood craft business together. We talk about how their unschooling journey began and how following Tyler’s interests has not only been a rewarding path for him, but also for her. Karen shares some of the big a-ha moments she had and paradigm shifts she made through the years. We also talk about questioning our cultural views around productivity and expectations. Karen’s focus on following her son’s joy and cultivating his passions has led them to the connected relationship and wonderful life they enjoy now. It’s so inspiring!
Questions for Karen
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?
One of the pieces of advice you received early on was to deeply value your child’s interests—no matter what. Can you share how that played out for you?
One of my most valuable unschooling paradigm shifts was around the importance of down time. Conventional society is apt to call this laziness, but it really isn’t, is it?
Tyler unschooled through the high school years. I’d love to hear more about what that looked like for you guys!
Looking back, what, for you, has been the most valuable outcome from choosing unschooling?
Things mentioned in the episode
Karen and Tyler’s business, Sawdust and Sage
Sawdust and Sage Facebook page
Karen was inspired by homeschooling speaker Cindy Gaddis, who was on the podcast in episode 40, Paradigm Shifts with Cindy Gaddis
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