• Homeschool,  Learning,  Living with Children,  Parenting

    We Were Already Homeschooling. This Quarantine is Not What Real Homeschooling Looks Like.

    We homeschool. However, the word “homeschooling” is a misnomer.We do not spend all of our time at home doing school work. Our choice to skip school was not taken in favor of simply replicating school at home by dividing life and learning into subjects, inflexible time blocks, and bells. We chose to homeschool. It was not forced onto us. More specifically, we chose self-directed education because we wanted to expand the definition of education to include everything a person does and experiences. I wanted my kids to understand learning as something you do every, single day. And I wanted to move learning outside of classrooms, walls, rigid schedules, and state-mandated…

  • Learning,  Parenting,  Social Changes

    Finding the Opportunities Underneath this Quarantine Burden

    We are experiencing the largest global effort to distance ourselves from one another than anyone alive has ever seen. This call to action goes against the very nature of our humanness, which is to gather socially. I know it will be a huge mental and emotional challenge for many people. My wish for each of us is that we will find, underneath this burden, opportunities. The light in the dark. The purpose inside the pain. The soulful connection despite the physical distancing. While we are social by nature and seek out activities that bring us together, many of us will be spending a lot more time with our own family…

  • Courses

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    Join the Let ’em go Barefoot community and get evidence-based, heart-centered support and important news delivered to your inbox. You will feel great joy, like this: Each month I take a deep dive into a topic that is sure to inspire, motivate, and maybe even confront you. My goal is to help you change the script you’ve been given about raising children, self-care, and education. Using the latest neuroscience, evidence-based strategies, and soul-centered approaches, you can and will connect peacefully and mindfully with the children in your life and improve your own well-being in the process. “It’s no surprise we fail to tune into our children’s essence. How can we…

  • Freedom,  Living with Children

    What’s Your Unschooling Why?

    If I had to choose one word to sum up why we are on this unschooling journey, it would definitely be Freedom. Freedom not just for my kids, but for our family as a whole. Our days have not been squandered with busy work or other people’s agendas. We have not locked our family into a system that ignores our individuality by demanding conformity. We have excused ourselves from the chaotic busyness that comes with standardized schooling to step into “pleasurable busyness” that involves activities we love, learning that brings us joy, and living in harmony with our own bodies. We have been free to sleep as long as we…