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How to Deal with Your Family's Anti-Unschooling Feelings

By Leo Babauta

When you start out as a new unschooling family, or even if you're just contemplating it, one of the biggest obstacles are not "how to do it" or "will this even work" but the other people in your life.

Your family and friends can be incredibly negative about the idea of homeschooling/unschooling.

And that's perfectly understandable, actually. Anytime we do something that's very out of the mainstream, we face resistance from others. Especially when it comes to raising kids, which is a hugely emotional issue for most people.

Why do other people react so negatively? Consider:

Sleep nursing - What to do when YOU don't want to sleep

On Toddler Breastfeeding

Desmond loves to sleep and nurse. During naps he will sleep latched on, but he also loves to snooze in the stroller while daddy takes him on a long walk. At night though, it's the boob or bust. (No pun intended!)

When I say sleep and nurse, I really mean it. Many nights I've tried to sneak away, only to return because Desmond was up crying for me ten minutes later. The night is supposed to be adult time right? Time for grown up fun things. Time for relaxing. Time for conversation with daddy. Time for sex! Let me tell you something. You can do all those fun things AND meet your sleep nursling's needs at the same time. You just have to do it a little differently.

Here are a few things I like to do during my night nursing marathons.

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