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But it’s good for you…

Not so long ago, in that little space between lockdowns, I was talking with two friends about the tension we sometimes feel when our children don’t want to do things we think they’d enjoy. The context that day was simple. We’d planned to go for a hot chocolate and a walk with some of our… Continue Reading →

New to unschooling? Download ’20 ways to deschool’ to help you on your way

The term ‘deschooling’ is often used to refer to the time a child needs after leaving a school environment to reconnect with themselves and their inner curiosity and motivation. But, parents need to deschool too! And it’s much harder after decades of believing in—or at least being surrounded by—certain paradigms about childhood, parenting and education…. Continue Reading →

Embracing our differences

Every now and again, I’ll read about the adventures of an unschooling family out there somewhere and feel a little envy. What triggers this is a certain kind of family photograph. They’re all in wetsuits next to a row of kayaks, grinning on the peak of a mountain, or working together on a science project…. Continue Reading →

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Welcome!

Hi, I’m Esther Jones, writer, editor, speaker, childbirth educator, and lifelong learner. Welcome to A Place on a Hill, where I share my thoughts and observations about life and learning with my three children, D (15), E (13) and C (8).

For many years, I ran a small publishing company that I founded in Barcelona, Spain. When that came to an end in 2018, we spent two years living in an old house in the hills near Barcelona. There, after years of just dipping our toes in, we finally embraced unschooling and consensual living in all its glory. Since then, my life has been a continual unravelling of everything I had ever taken for granted about children, learning, parenting and myself. This process is sometimes challenging, but always thought-provoking and enriching.

We’re now back in the UK, and enjoying the next part of our journey. I teach Hypnobirthing, enjoy sea swimming, Zen meditation, poetry, bright ideas and feeling inspired.

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