This week, I’m sharing a lovely conversation I had with Jessica Kane in 2020. Jessica and her husband live in Ireland and have three children. Her oldest attended school through high school, her middle son left school in grade 4, and her youngest son has never been to school. This gives her such a unique perspective to share!
We talked about deschooling and some of the challenges she faced, what she has learned about relationships and communication with her husband, and what has surprised her about her family’s unschooling life. I really enjoyed the details that Jessica shared about her journey and her personal growth and I think her story is such a beautiful example of the value of deschooling!
Questions for Jessica
Can you share with us a bit about you and your family? What is everyone into right now?
How did you discover unschooling and what did your family’s move to unschooling look like?
What has been one of the more challenging aspects of deschooling so far? And can you share a bit about your journey through it?
What has surprised you most about your journey so far?
There are pretty big age gaps between your three children, which puts you in distinctly different seasons with each of them, all at the same time. I’d love to hear more about that!
What is your favorite thing about the flow of your unschooling days right now?
Things mentioned in the episode
Check out the Childhood Redefined Unschooling Summit! It’s an online workshop that focuses on the deep, personal work needed to peel away the layers of conventional ideas about learning and parenting that can get in the way of cultivating a thriving unschooling spirit in your family. In other words, our own deschooling journey!
Jessica’s vegan food blog, The Diamond Cookbook
You can find Jessica on Instagram
Watch the YouTube video
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This month, our theme is The Richness of Communication and we’re exploring it through the lenses of trust and compassion.
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