Let’s talk about these teen years. Or at least, let's scratch the surface!
Even if you have little kids, I know parents worry about the teen years. It seems “ok” to let younger kids play - but bigger kids need to start buckling down, right?
The data does not reflect that.
Dive on into the podcast with me - I can help you figure this out!
Here are a few resources to help you navigate unschooling these teen years:
Here are some facts that we need to bring to the front of our minds. And, then I’ll get to your questions, because I know you have them.
What if all they’re doing is playing videogames? I’ll probably do an entire (separate) email on this, but the short answer is that unschoolers are playing a long game. We don’t know what is happening in their brains as they do this. But as we learn more about unschooling - and learn to trust that children will move in the direction they need to go - we can ease up a little. Your next step as an unschooling parent is to focus on partnering, get your fears in check, and keep communication open, learn more about what they're doing with technology.
How on earth would I make a transcript from their daily life - something that a college would accept?!
Subjects weave throughout our daily activities. We simply have to set our fear aside and examine what’s happening. If we’ve had a chance to do this with our younger kids, we’ll be more able to see it with our teens.
Here’s an example from a recent coaching call:
The family decided to plant some trees in the backyard. So, let's talk about all the learning that happens in this simple activity.
All these little life experiences and projects - like planting a few trees - are full of learning opportunities. They add up! We have to notice them though. We don’t have to write everything out like this. I’m simply trying to help you reframe how you see learning. And remind you that everything counts!