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By Leo Babauta

So who am I, and what do I know about unschooling?

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:

So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

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Before we talk about who I am. I want to talk about who I want to become. The reason why I want to start with these goals and ambitions is because it is a big part of who I am today. When you think about a child, and you ask them what they want to be and they answer with "I want to be a firefighter," instantly you know a few things about them. They like trucks, ladders, dalmations, and helping people. If they respond with an astronaut, they like adventure, space, rockets, planets, and telescopes.

As for me, I want to become an Artist, and a children's book writer. What does that tell you about me? Well I love art, I like to draw, paint, sculpt but I also love to tell stories. And of course kids are a big part of my life. I work at The New Children's Museum in San Diego, California. I also work for a company called Claymunchkins which teaches clay workshops to children.

These ambitions shape my day to day life, from what I do with the three hours I have between jobs, to what I watch on netflix. I intend to continue to invest my time and energy to achieve these goals.

I bring this up because, it is one of the hardest things to do as an adult, think about what you really want to do and go about truely trying to live up to our own ambitions.

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