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.
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.
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*.
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!
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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 :-)
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.
The Big Home Education Questions Everyone Asks
Will your children be sheltered? How will you educate them properly if you're not a qualified teacher? How will they get a good job when they grow up?
Everyone who chooses a life without school will be asked these kinds of questions at some point. In this episode, we chat through the nine most common ones a home educating family will hear, with the goal of empowering you to confidently frame your own answers to them, in your own ways. I hope revisiting this episode from time to time will give you those little boosts of confidence you sometimes need, whenever you need them.
And - because I’ve been asked many times for an episode that speaks directly to your family and friends, to help them understand your thinking behind the questions they will want to ask you - I hope you’ll find this episode a good starting place to share with them. One that is the right balance of thoughtful, and thought-provoking.
Thank you for listening!
Best homeschooling podcast!
I wish I could give more than five stars, this podcast has become one of my all time favorites! I love all the content, it’s been a huge inspiration in my own homeschooling journey. Keep up the good work!
Truly inspiring and exactly what I needed
Issy has helped me see that it is possible to let go of the stress and anxiety of having our homeschooling life live up to the standards set by public school teaching. This is my third year homeschooling and I was feeling so overwhelmed and tired with everything I felt I needed to do to help my kids be successful. I was also very close to just sending my kids back to public school because I didn’t feel I was the right person to teach them. This podcast has completely changed the course for my family in that it has helped me feel capable and committed to homeschooling indefinitely. I have listened to the first several episodes, and one of the more recent ones titled “You are enough”. I have cried, or held back the tears, on every single episode. I could yell it from the rooftops that a life without school is the way!! Thank you Issy for having the courage to get past whatever insecurities you had before starting that first episode. You have positively changed our lives!
The most incredible homeschooling podcast
I can’t thank you enough for creating this most amazing, inspiring, enlightening, heart-string-pulling podcast. My two boys sound exactly like your two eldest boys and it reaffirms every decision we have made for our family to hear the journey your family set out on. Every home educating family needs to hear what you have to share. Well done!