For no particular reason, today felt like a perfect day. E headed out early for a drama workshop, D got up later and was busy with the things that are occupying his mind right now—coding, watching a Catalan satire programme, learning Korean, some business ideas—passing the time until his activities start up again next week.... Continue Reading →
I've recently begun to feel a deep sense of freedom. My life is much the same as it has been for the last year, with nothing shifting much beyond the changing seasons. I don't suddenly have extra time on my hands, I haven't cracked the key to passive income, and I am as weary of... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
It's hard to let go of the fear of 'screen time, but here, on the other side, I can safely say that life is much nicer. We're enriched daily by everything technology brings us.
My daughter is painting a picture and is intensely focused. The picture is of a castle on a hill, with the sun setting in the background. I'm about to proclaim what a beautiful painting it is, but stop myself in time. She isn't painting for me, and she's concentrating on her work. She doesn't need... Continue Reading →