35 episodes

Unschooling isn't just an educational choice, it's a life choice. For most parents, embracing unschooling requires some serious unravelling of old paradigms around parenting, learning and childhood, and that can be both challenging and exhilarating. Join me, Esther Jones, a mindful parenting coach and unschooling mother-of-three, as I take a look at the many opportunities for reflection that naturally arise in an unschooling home. I explore my own day-to-day life and talk to other unschooling parents and professionals who share their thoughts and experiences. From self-care, neurodiversity and mindfulness, to how to live consensually and trust our children, this podcast is here to help parents navigate the everyday challenges so they're free to create a healthy, nourishing and enriching space for themselves and their family. You can find out more about my own personal journey into unschooling at www.esther-jones.com or get in touch with me at: contact@esther-jones.com.Instagram: @_esther.jones

The Unschool Space Esther Jones

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Unschooling isn't just an educational choice, it's a life choice. For most parents, embracing unschooling requires some serious unravelling of old paradigms around parenting, learning and childhood, and that can be both challenging and exhilarating. Join me, Esther Jones, a mindful parenting coach and unschooling mother-of-three, as I take a look at the many opportunities for reflection that naturally arise in an unschooling home. I explore my own day-to-day life and talk to other unschooling parents and professionals who share their thoughts and experiences. From self-care, neurodiversity and mindfulness, to how to live consensually and trust our children, this podcast is here to help parents navigate the everyday challenges so they're free to create a healthy, nourishing and enriching space for themselves and their family. You can find out more about my own personal journey into unschooling at www.esther-jones.com or get in touch with me at: contact@esther-jones.com.Instagram: @_esther.jones

    #35 Healing, trust, and low demand parenting. Unschooling and PDA, with Amanda Diekman in North Carolina

    #35 Healing, trust, and low demand parenting. Unschooling and PDA, with Amanda Diekman in North Carolina

    My guest this episode is Amanda Diekman. Amanda lives in North Carolina with her husband and three sons, who are 6, 8 and 10. Amanda’s journey to unschooling started with her 8 year-old who is autistic, PDA and the reality that school was a difficult and traumatic experience for him. Her 10 year old son, who is also autistic later chose also to leave school. We talk about how we can meet the needs of a PDA child, and how essential it is that we leave behind any mainstream ideas about parenting and education that are unlikely to serve us.

    Amanda talks us through how adopting low demand parenting has helped both her and her son heal, and about how unschooling looks very different according to each child.

    You can find out more about Amanda's work at https://www.amandadiekman.net
    Connect with Amanda on Instagram: @lowdemandamanda
    You can find my blog, workshop and courses at:
    www.esther-jones.com

    Or, connect with me on
    Instagram: @_esther.jones
    Facebook:@theunschoolspace

    • 51 min
    #34 Creating an authentic life that meets everyone's needs, with Emma Hosfeld in Illinois

    #34 Creating an authentic life that meets everyone's needs, with Emma Hosfeld in Illinois

    Today’s conversation is with Emma Hosfeld from Illinois. Emma lives with her husband and three children, who are 7, 5 and 4. Emma traces the roots of her journey to unschooling back to when she was pregnant and the sense of disempowerment she felt within the medical system, and the choices she then made for a more empowered birth experience. 

    She describes how unschooling has affected many areas of her life, and how it has given her the confidence to create a lifestyle that feels authentic to her, from leaving her 9-5 job to building a thriving community around her. Among many things, we talk about how children naturally learn, how to tend their needs and our own, and the huge importance of community. 
    You can connect with Emma on Instagram: @emma_hosfeld
    Emma also publishes her writing at: growwiththem.substack.com
    You can find my blog, workshop and courses at:
    www.esther-jones.com

    Or, connect with me on
    Instagram: @_esther.jones
    Facebook:@theunschoolspace

    • 52 min
    #33 Living joyfully and in relationship with our children, with Pam Laricchia in Ontario

    #33 Living joyfully and in relationship with our children, with Pam Laricchia in Ontario

    Today, I am beyond thrilled to be chatting with Pam Laricchia. Pam lives in Ontario, Canada and has three adult children, who are now 30, 28 and 25, and I came across her website about unschooling, which is called Living Joyfully,  early on in my own journey, when I was still a little shaky. I found her so incredibly warm and reassuring. So, it was such a huge delight to be able to invite her to The Unschool Space and to have this wonderful conversation with her.

    Pam has written extensively about unschooling, both on her blog, and also in several published books. She also runs a podcast called Exploring Unschooling, and has just begun a new podcast called Living Joyfully. Today, we really talk about what it means to live joyfully and about how the way we live in relationship with others is at the heart of all of this.

    You can find Pam's work at https://livingjoyfully.ca
    Connect with Pam on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pamlaricchia/



    You can find my blog, workshop and courses at:
    www.esther-jones.com

    Or, connect with me on
    Instagram: @_esther.jones
    Facebook:@theunschoolspace

    • 55 min
    #32 Worldschooling and partnership parenting our teenagers, with Lainie Liberti in Mexico

    #32 Worldschooling and partnership parenting our teenagers, with Lainie Liberti in Mexico

    Today, I’m chatting with Lainie Liberti. Lainie is originally from California, but, in 2008, decided to go travelling with her 9-year-old son for a year. She closed the business she had been running for some years and took her son out of school. He is 24 now and they never went back. They’ve travelled extensively, given a Ted talk together on worldschooling, and they now both live in Mexico.

    Lainie has recently published a book about partnership parenting with teenagers, and she and her son run twice-yearly retreats for teenagers. Today, Lainie shares her experiences of travelling with her son, her realisations around learning and education, and how, as parents, we have the obligation to dig deep into our own conditioning in order to allow our children to be  free to be their authentic selves. And, of course, Lainie shares some of her insights around parenting teenagers.

    Find out more about Lainie's work here: https://projectworldschool.com

    TedX talk by Lainie and her son, Miro:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH-kQJ10WWo

    Contact Lainie on Instagram: @ilainie
    You can find my blog, workshop and courses at:
    www.esther-jones.com

    Or, connect with me on
    Instagram: @_esther.jones
    Facebook:@theunschoolspace

    • 48 min
    #31 Moving from eclectic homeschooling to unschooling, with Marni Kammersel in Colorado

    #31 Moving from eclectic homeschooling to unschooling, with Marni Kammersel in Colorado

    My guest today is Marni Kammersel from Boulder, Colorado. Marni lives with her husband and three children, who are 13, 10 and 6. She tells us about her family’s recent transition from an eclectic homeschool style to full-on unschooling, a move inspired by her oldest entering his teens, and her youngest having a huge need for autonomy. We talk about how nuanced some of this shift can be, and how so much of it is more about our intention than what we actually do. She also talks about how dropping time limits on screen use was a major part of this shift, and her observations on how that is playing out with her children. 
    You can find my blog, workshop and courses at:
    www.esther-jones.com

    Or, connect with me on
    Instagram: @_esther.jones
    Facebook:@theunschoolspace

    • 53 min
    #30 Four different journeys - as our unschoolers become adults, with Erin Rosemond in Ontario, Canada

    #30 Four different journeys - as our unschoolers become adults, with Erin Rosemond in Ontario, Canada

    Today I’m chatting with Erin Rosemond in Ontario, Canada. Erin has four children, who are now aged between 17 and 23. Erin came to unschooling when her oldest child reached school age, after connecting with home educating parents and realising that school would be a bad fit for her son. 


    Today we talk about what unschooling looks like as our children get older. How highly individualised it is to each child and their particular interests, and how their own motivation moves them naturally forward on their path. We also talk about our changing roles as parents and what it means to look after ourselves whilst accompanying our children on their journeys.

    You can follow Erin on Instagram at @_everlearning_





    You can find my blog, workshop and courses at:
    www.esther-jones.com

    Or, connect with me on
    Instagram: @_esther.jones
    Facebook:@theunschoolspace

    • 55 min

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