By Leo Babauta
I'm Leo Babauta, creator of Zen Habits and mnmlist. I'm the father of six kids (well, one is an adult now), married to the beautiful Eva, and we live in San Francisco (formerly lived on Guam). I don't know everything about unschooling, don't have all the answers, but I do love it and am passionate about it and tell every parent I meet about how amazing it is.
Eva and I started homeschooling our kids about 5 years ago, and quickly adopted the unschooling philosophy. Here's the rundown on our kids:
- Chloe and Rain are from my first marriage, and while I offered to homeschool them when we started with the other kids, they weren't interested. Chloe is now 20 and going to college. Rain is in high school.
- Justin and Maia are my step-kids, from Eva, and were both in school 5 years ago when we pulled them out and decided to homsechool them. Justin is now almost 17 and considering going to college (more on that later). Maia would be starting high school now if she were in school.
- Seth and Noelle are from both me and Eva, and neither of them have ever been to school.
So Justin, Maia, Seth & Noelle have been unschooled for about 5 years. We have a bit of experience, but we're still learning. We still don't know what the hell we're doing. We love it.