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Heyyyy, welcome to the Life Without School podcast by Stark Raving Dad! Here to help you and your children live the life *you* want to, not just the one you’re told you should.

The Life Without School Podcast Stark Raving Dad

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 106 Ratings

Heyyyy, welcome to the Life Without School podcast by Stark Raving Dad! Here to help you and your children live the life *you* want to, not just the one you’re told you should.

    Don't Believe These Unschooling Myths

    Don't Believe These Unschooling Myths

    In this episode, I spend some time examining three common perceptions that are unique to unschooling:
    That unschooling is 'unparenting'That unschooling will create lazy childrenAnd that unschooling means you have no rules or structure whatsoeverIt’s a super interesting discussion that leads us through areas like life rhythms, autonomy and motivation, and regardless of whether you’re unschooling or not I think you’ll find this episode really useful!

    • 28 min
    You Are Enough

    You Are Enough

    In this episode, I'm sharing six ways you can overcome any feelings you have about not being 'enough' as a home educating parent. Not smart enough, organised enough, social enough, qualified enough...
    I wrote a post recently that started scratching at the surface of this. Today, we're digging deep.

    • 27 min
    Your Child Is Falling Behind

    Your Child Is Falling Behind

    In this episode I'm talking more about something this podcast was literally born from: the idea of children falling behind where they should be.

    First, I talk about how the world generally views progress in childhood, and why it’s so problematic and broken. And then second, I present a different view of that. A different idea of measurement and benchmarking and progress for our children.

    Wherever you are in your journey right now, I hope this way of looking at things brings you and your children some comfort, some reassurance, and some *confidence*.

    • 33 min
    Turning Around The "Ohhhh, You Homeschool?" Questions

    Turning Around The "Ohhhh, You Homeschool?" Questions

    In this episode I'm going to do something that might feel a bit uncomfortable. But if we want to move education forward in any real meaningful way, the kind of thinking I’m about to take you through is incredibly important.
    I’m going to take some of the main questions that home educators are traditionally asked - some of the main worries people express when they hear you’re a home educating family - and then I’m very simply going to turn them around.
    I’m going to ask them of the formal education system that’s currently in place almost globally. And I’m going to put some pressure on that system to give us honest answers to those questions.
    I think you’ll find this conversation, and the questions it asks, both interesting and challenging - whether you’re home educating or not!

    (my coaching, course and community resources: https://starkravingdadblog.com/shop/)

    • 25 min
    Dear Grandparents

    Dear Grandparents

    With so many families making the decision to leave the formal education system and take their own path through life, it also means there are a whole lot of grandparents out there going...
    Hold on, what’s happening here?! We have a comprehensive, effective school system designed specifically to educate us in all the areas we’ll need to fully prepare for life. Why on earth would anyone walk away from that? And...what’s going to happen to my grandchildren now that they’ve had the opportunity to go through that system taken away?
    It...just seems a bit crazy.
    Grandparents, I hear you. So today, in this episode, I’m sitting down to have a chat with *you*.

    p.s. if you enjoy this episode, I've written a guide on this topic called The Home Schooling Guide for Grandparents. There’s lot of the same material covered, but the process of reading and reflection is quite different to listening. Take a look :-)

    • 35 min
    We're Looking At Education All Wrong

    We're Looking At Education All Wrong

    The definition of education is being taught, and the learning that results from it. A process that happens, for a child, in a classroom.
    But if you read that a couple of times, does it sound interesting and inspiring? Does it really sound like it’s centered on our children, designed to help them become independent, life-long learners, who know how to get the best out of themselves?
    I don’t think it does. So today, together, we’re going to give education a new definition. We’re going to take the entire concept, and everything that sits within it, and look at it all with fresh eyes.
    You might find some of what we discover here surprising.
    And I *know* you will find it enlightening.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

SianBlu ,

Touched me deeply

I just listened to ‘Your child is falling behind’ episode and it touched me so deeply, I’m actually shedding tears. I believe this very shift of perspective will be how we evolve as a smarter, happier, more efficient and better humanity. Whether you home school or not the issues discussed in this podcast in general are worth considering for the sake of gifting the next generation the childhood they deserve. Keep up this great content !

Elly Sands ,

An excellent resource

What a great balance between practical examples and guiding principles - thanks for recording your thoughts.

Global Kids Oz ,


I was recommended this podcast by several homeschoolers and am so grateful they did. We are only 6 months in and love it to bits this lifestyle and learning that we are all on, but yes we have doubts, concerns and worries that we arnt doing it “right”. So thank you for your words of wisdom and openness that allows us to confirm that we are on the right path for our son and our family. JJ, Gold Coast, Australia

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