Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A progression

Sylvia Woodman wrote:

One of the great gifts of reading in unschooling groups was learning to change my perspective. To stop writing off entire days. To recognize bad moments for what they were—just moments. Moments pass MUCH quicker than entire days.

I learned the value of taking a breath and making a better choice. Wouldn't you know it, our days became better, sweeter, more fun-filled.

Did I continue to mess up? Sure, but it got to be less and less. I was growing and learning right alongside my kids. I was learning to be a better parent to my unique kids.

The things I learned rippled out across my life. I became a better daughter, partner, sister, friend. Unschooling helped me become a better human.
—Sylvia Woodman
SandraDodd.com/moment
photo by Janine Davies

Monday, January 27, 2020

Sidetracked

Sometimes I think of things I wish I had done or said or I wish I had been more attentive or patient and sometimes I see in that very moment that I'm sitting there thinking about myself instead of getting up and going and being with my husband or kids. It's weird, and people who come to it new think "martyrdom!?" or self sacrifice, but it's not that. It's investment.

Investing in relationships
photo by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Experiences

For good or ill, your experiences create you, change you, become part of you.

If a child will be molded or affected by his experiences, then unschooling parents need to provide great experiences.

NEW experiences
Repeat experiences.
Surprising experiences.
Comforting experiences.

SandraDodd.com/flow
photo by Sandra Dodd

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Listening to your body

If food tastes like you should not eat it, don't eat it. If one bite makes you full, don't eat two. If one of your children balks at certain food, don't press him to eat it. Listen to your body's clear signals. If you get hungry, you'll FEEL hungry, and you might even know exactly what you would like to/should/can best eat, if you relax and pay attention.
SandraDodd.com/instinct
photo by Jen Keefe

Friday, January 24, 2020

Hooks to hang ideas on

You have to know a lot to learn more, and if you know nothing, you can't learn anything.
SandraDodd.com/connections
photo by Dawn Todd

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Choose to choose.

Once someone complained making choices was too hard. I wrote:

Making a choice is a matter of choice and just doing it.I don't think it requires willpower to realize that a person can make a choice.

Think of two choices. Choose the best one.

Next time think of two choices (maybe the choice from the time before and a better one). Choose the best one.

If you do that several times a day, soon you'll be doing it countless times a day.

Make choices. Make choices that move you toward being more at peace with your child.
"Getting irritated," Always Learning, 2007
photo by Jill Parmer

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

More valuable and less expensive

Becoming the sort of person you hope your child will be, or that your child will respect, is more valuable than years of therapy. And it’s cheaper.
SandraDodd.com/becoming
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photo by Gail Higgins

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