Wednesday, January 30, 2013


If you were to ask me what the most important aspect of unschooling is, I would have to say trust.

I'm not talking about "trust" in the sense of faith that your children will learn what they need to know. I'm talking about that deep connection between two people.

You need to trust your children. Not just when it comes to learning, but about everything. You have to trust them when they say they ...need you, or don't need you. You have to trust them to know themselves and their abilities better than anyone else. You have to trust them when they express their feelings. You have to build your relationship with them, work on it, and maintain it every day.

Your children need to trust you. They need to trust that you will listen when they talk to you, that you will take them seriously, that you will not write off their feelings, that you will defend and protect them and their rights when they cannot. They need to trust that you will provide them freedom to learn.

This trust is a beautiful, wonderful thing.

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