65 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

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

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

    #65 Helping our children follow their joy, with Melissa Miles McCarter in Missouri, US

    #65 Helping our children follow their joy, with Melissa Miles McCarter in Missouri, US

    Today, my guest is Melissa Miles McCarter, who lives in Missouri with her husband and her 8-year-old daughter Willakate. Melissa worked as a college professor and chose not to put her daughter in school, realising that it wasn’t a system she would thrive in. She talks about what her own deschooling looked like and how she partners with her daughter to help facilitate her interests. And Melissa describes how her daughter’s passion for acting led her to explore script writing and then to produc...

    • 44 min
    #64 Living, learning and healing, with Linsey, in the East Midlands, UK

    #64 Living, learning and healing, with Linsey, in the East Midlands, UK

    My guest today is Linsey, who lives in the UK with her partner and three children who are 10, 6 and 1 and a half. Her family’s journey to unschooling started when they decided to take their eldest son out of school after two years extremely difficult years. Linsey soon realised that a schooled approach wouldn’t work at home either, so began to lean in to what her son needed and how he was really learning. Amongst lots of other things, we talk about the deschooling journey and how powerful it ...

    • 49 min
    #63 Finding our balance, embracing rest, and lots of self-compassion, with Claire Windmill in Devon, UK

    #63 Finding our balance, embracing rest, and lots of self-compassion, with Claire Windmill in Devon, UK

    Today I’m chatting with Claire Windmill who lives in Devon in the UK with her husband and two children, who are seven and nine. Claire was a social worker and early years teacher and is now a parenting mentor and coach. She shares how her family came to unschooling after taking some time out to travel and they realised how much happier and less stressed their children were out of school. We talk about the impact that messages around fitting in and what’s right and what’s wrong can have on chi...

    • 52 min
    #62 Trusting our children, and learning to value rest and play, with Robyn Tamlin-Lea in New Zealand

    #62 Trusting our children, and learning to value rest and play, with Robyn Tamlin-Lea in New Zealand

    My guest today is Robyn Tamlin-Lea. Robyn is South African but now lives in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, with her husband and two children who are seven and three and a half. Robyn took her daughter out of school when she saw that already at a very early age, there was a strong narrative around academic expectations and her daughter not doing well enough. We talk about how when we sit back and observe, there is so much learning happening all the time, and how beyond the academic learning...

    • 46 min
    #61 Honouring our children and learning to let go, with Danii Oliver in Texas

    #61 Honouring our children and learning to let go, with Danii Oliver in Texas

    This episode, I’m chatting with Danii Oliver, who lives in Texas with her husband and two children who are almost 6 and 11. Danii shares her story of leaving New York City behind in search of something new for and her and family, and to live a more gentle and connected life, which they now do on their permaculture farm in Texas. We talk about the deschooling process and how, even though Danii was clear from the start that they would unschool, it still took her a lot of work to unravel the dee...

    • 46 min
    #60 Unschooling and playful living, with Heidi Steel in West Sussex, UK

    #60 Unschooling and playful living, with Heidi Steel in West Sussex, UK

    In this episode. I’m delighted to chat with Heidi Steel who was first on the podcast in 2021. Heidi is a former teacher and has four children who are 16, 15, 12 and 9 and who have never been to school. Heidi shares what unschooling looks like for her family and we talk about the enormous value of play in children’s learning and development. And, amongst other things we also discuss how valuing our children’s voices and opinions over compliance is essential for them as they get older, and how ...

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

AmberMomOf5 ,

What I’ve been looking for!

I recently found this podcast online. I am so thankful! I have been homeschooling my children for the past 8 years and it has evolved, as many homeschools do, from school at home to something more like unschooling. I was never confident enough, though, to fully dive in to the unschooling world and didn’t feel like I could unschool my children because I didn’t know what that should look like. I have been devouring these podcasts! My heart knows this is right for my kids. My oldest is 15, and I feel like I have failed him for so long!!! But I am glad we have a few years still to hopefully turn things around for him and give him and my other children the joyful learning experience they deserve!

Meghann in Snoqualmie ,

LOVE this so much!!

I just loved this so much. My kids are just 2 and almost 5 and I have aspirations to unschool them as much a possible, even if that’s just in my own way of being. Esther embodies this way of being so powerfully, and it’s a delight to learn from his in this conversational podcast.

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