The Barefoot Playground
(where parents learn and play)

We talk about how important it is for our children to play, but don’t parents deserve a place where they can show up with childlike curiosity and wonder, too? 

Parents deserve a place where they can ask questions, share their experiences and connect with other parents, learn new insights and ideas, and return to their family refreshed and energized… like a playground is meant to do.

The Barefoot Playground does just that!

On the Playground, you get the convenience of online without the loss of connection. You get dedicated access to people and information that is affordable and meaningful. You get practical advice based on science, years of homeschooling experience, and study.

It is a virtual micro school for parents led by veteran homeschooling parents, speakers, & authors well-versed in child development, education, and connection.

Come for one, come for all. You pick what works for you.

This is your playground.

The Barefoot Playground gatherings are paused at the moment.
Stay tuned for other exciting offerings coming soon!

I am still scheduling private coaching sessions, though!

Previous Series’ on the Playground

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2023 year will kick off on Thursday, March 9th with the author and veteran homeschooling mother, Cindy Gaddis. Cindy will speak on and answer questions about right-brain dominant, creative learners. Then we will meet every other Thursday to discuss specific areas unique to right-brain dominant children.

On March 29th we will kick off a series on self-directed education and emotional well-being. 

Ann Hansen of @innerparentcoaching will be joining us to walk through considerations for supporting and nurturing our children’s mental well-being as they learn and grow.

All gatherings aim to be interactive, educational and supportive. Be sure you are signed up on my email list to stay up to date on changes and additions to the schedule:

Not at all. The gatherings are set up to meet you where you are. You get to customize a schedule that works for you. No long-term commitments or expensive costs to join. You can come one time and be done or you can come consistently. The choice is yours. 

NOTE: You can register for multiple gatherings at one time. Just be sure to add each date you want to attend (or recording you’d like to receive) into your cart before checkout. 

Not all gatherings will be recorded, but the ones that are recorded will only be sent to those who have purchased access. If you can’t attend live, you can still sign up! Just be sure to register with the email you would like the recording sent to and we will send you a link to view the gathering. And don’t forget to check your junk mail! 

Yes. However, the registration window will close six hours before the gathering takes place. There are a limited number of spaces so if you want to secure a spot, register as soon as you can.

The group gatherings are a wonderful way to learn and bounce ideas around, but sometimes you may have questions that require more time to work through or that you’d rather discuss privately. You can schedule a time to talk to me here. If you are not finding a day/time that works with your schedule, email me. 

When you pick a date and purchase a spot, you will be sent a link to our ZOOM room the DAY OF our gathering to the email you registered with. Please check your junk folders and reach out to me at if you do not receive the link details. 

My hope is that The Barefoot Playground can serve as the virtual equivalent of meeting at a park or at a coffee house for an hour of conversation with friends. However, I get not wanting to be on camera for the entire gathering. I want you to do what is right for you!

"Missy embodies an innate and rare gift of connecting authentically with quite literally any person. Those blessed to share time with her feel at immediate ease and also safe to share anything from a silly joke to the deepest secrets and concerns. Her genuine compassion for the well-being of others is balanced in equal proportion to her vast knowledge in the fields of psychology, health, and education. Her dedication to making this world a better place for children is a universal inheritance that will benefit generations yet to come."
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