Hello and welcome to Let ’em Go Barefoot! I’m Missy. Mom to two kids, nurturer to all. I research and write about child development and self-directed education. I question long held beliefs and traditions surrounding education and parenting practices that do not support children’s optimal health and well-being. I believe our children deserve more respect, trust, and support so I created a space to build a community of people who feel the same. I’m so glad you are here!

Why “Let ’em go Barefoot”?

As a young mom, I spent many days outside with my son, which included a lot of time on playgrounds and in parks in our hometown. Over and over I heard parents scolding their children for taking off their shoes. Usually an argument would ensue or a threat to leave would follow. It struck me as so odd. Why are parents that upset about bare feet? As I continued to watch kids play and reflected on my own childhood it became clear that it was much more than an argument about shoes,  it was about trust. Adults do not trust children to make independent choices. Because of this, rules and restrictions are oftentimes imposed and forced that have no real benefit for the child. Those barefoot toddlers and children were symbolically stripping off external control and living in the moment. “What is the big deal?” I thought to myself. Just “let ’em go barefoot!”.

What is here?

With a passion for unschooling/self-directed education, natural family living, peaceful parenting, and mental wellness (which I believe are all connected) you will find a variety of information directly related to these topics. The overall goal is to highlight the importance of creating healthy relationships with children and to build a community to connect like-minded individuals who are seeking something other than the outdated education practices and the disconnected mainstream parenting ways.

Who am I/Who are we?

We are an unschooling/life is learning, family of four.  I’m married to my high school sweetheart, we have a dog, a cat, and a bunny. We foster animals when we can, garden, and take forever to complete home improvement projects. My degree in Psychology and masters in Special Education have led to some unique experiences and jobs over the past 20 plus years in public and private schools and a few universities, but my ‘on the job training’ as a Mom has been the most rewarding and the most educational.

Are my children barefoot?


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