Talia Bartoe joins me again on the podcast to update us about her family’s unschooling journey. We didn’t know it going in, but it quickly became obvious that the theme of our conversation was “going deep”! Talia generously shares so much about her inner work and the shifts she’s made as part of deschooling and living an unschooling lifestyle with her family.
We talk about the layers of messages around parenting, food, learning, and self-care that we internalized growing up, and how Talia has intentionally changed her thinking and chosen to do things differently. She also shares her experience with having four young children and the ways she meets their various needs, as well as her own.
It’s such a rich and inspiring conversation and I’m excited to share it with you!
Questions for Talia
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family? What is everybody interested in right now?
Last time we talked, almost two years ago now, we focused on the deschooling aspect of the journey. And while deschooling isn’t ever “done,” do you feel like you’re actively unschooling now?
So much of deschooling is our personal work to do: excavating our curiosity and creativity, exploring the roots of our fears, growing our ability to sit with discomfort etc. Do you feel like you’ve grown and changed as a person since you chose to begin unschooling? In what ways?
I know that food is a big interest that weaves through your family’s days, and sometimes relaxing around food can be a big paradigm shift for people. I’d love to hear a story or two about your experience!
With four active children between the ages of two and ten, I imagine many of your days are action-packed! I recall those days as being an interesting, and often tiring, dance of choosing to say yes to their fun and exploration while also trying to stay cognizant of my own energy and self-care needs. Sound familiar? What does that look like for you right now?
What has surprised you most about how unschooling has unfolded for your family so far?
Things mentioned in the episode
Check out the Living Joyfully Network
Talia’s first podcast episode, EU185: Deschooling with Talia Bartoe
Eating the Food Facebook group
Talia’s blog website, Joyfully Wild Life
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