Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Just right

When I was little, I always liked the musicality of the story of The Three Bears, with its "too hot, too cold, just right" and "too hard, too soft, just right."

Recently I was interviewed and responded to a question about what can be a hurdle for new unschoolers, and what advice I would give to beginners:

Read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch. That's my new improved advice for anyone about anything. Some people think they can read their way to a change, or discuss themselves into unschooling.

It's important to find out what others have discovered and done, but nothing will change until the parents change the way they respond to the child. But if the parents change EVERYthing about the way they respond to the child, that creates chaos, and doesn't engender confidence. The child might just think the parents have gone crazy or don't love him anymore.

One solid step in the direction a parent intends to go is better than a wild dance back and forth. And if that solid step feels right, they can take another solid step.


the full interview, by Kim Houssenloge, at Feather and Nest
Photo by Linnea, with Holly's camera

2 comments:

  1. What a very nice interview on Kim's blog. Really.

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  2. It was such fun and such an honor to interview you,Sandra. Words of wisdom were fresh on my finger tips {straight from your finger tips} and hot off the press into the blogosphere. So cool!

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