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So What Do Unschoolers Do?

By Leo Babauta

If you're interested in the unschooling approach, one of the first questions you'll probably have is: OK, so how do I do it? What do unschoolers normally do during their days?

And the answer might not satisfy you, if you're looking for a step-by-step.

Here's the short answer: they do anything. There's no one way to do it, not in general and not even for a particular person.

However, I'll run down some things we do. Before I do that, a few things to know about the unschooling approach:

Doing the work

On Toddler Breastfeeding

Self help is like doing a flip in the pool. Why wouldn't you want to flip in the pool every time? It's sooo cool and fun sounding! But every time I flip in the pool, I'm left with the worst nausea. Just awful. When I approach a new self help method, it looks so promising and fun and easy. Only follow these few steps and enlightenment, joy, eternal bliss will follow or your money back guaranteed.

Having said that, doing thework has been a positive change. Unlike the other self help methods I've tried, this one has given me some good results. But don't be fooled. It's not for the faint of heart or for anyone looking for quick, easy fixes. It is not a weight loss pill. Much like the name implies, it takes work and a willingness to dig deep into the shadowy ugly parts of ourselves.

The Situation

Chase flat out refused to go with Daddy, Desmond, and Grandma to the beach. But he didn't want them to go either. We all tried to convince him to go and in the end Chase was left screaming for grandma on the porch as the others left. There was nothing else we could do. Chase wasn't getting what he wanted and decided to scream and cry outside the door.

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