Stories of an Unschooling Family podcast

Stories of an Unschooling Family

Sue Elvis

Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It's not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) Join me as I share ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources for living an unschooling life of unconditional love.

189 Episodes

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    189: The Important People in Our Lives

    47:51

    I'm back! Are you surprised? I am! This week, I'm talking about: How lack of control makes us feel helpless. Do controlled kids feel helpless? Does control lead to mental health issues? If we want a society of responsible adults, do we need to listen to kids, give them freedom, and let them learn how to be responsible for themselves? Difficult times, friends, and our unschooling community How change can stretch us, and how we learn when we have an interest or a need Video gaming and what I've learnt since I became a video gamer My new children's novel, The Angels of Wallaby Way! Perfectionism, and the fear of criticism, and Marco Polo video messages The value of feedback, encouragement, and the most important people in our lives Show Notes Blog Post What I discovered When I Became a Video Gamer   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback The Angels of Wallaby Way: available very soon! My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community including Unschool Plus and Marco Polo My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing   Thanks you for listening to this episode!  
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    188: It's Not for Me!

    1:02:26

    This week, Imogen and I are discussing: The value of casual work and lower profile jobs How our kids can surprise us Jobs and passions Why we need to promote our work How to answer critics and critique other people’s work The importance of helping each other Jane Austen, Sanditon and Bridgerton Ageing And other things!   Show Notes   Things we mention in this episode This is Marketing: book by Seth Godin The Illustrated Man: book by Ray Bradbury Sanditon: miniseries adapted from Jane Austen's novel by Andrew Davies  Sanditon: unfinished Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice: 1995 miniseries adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's novel Bridgerton: miniseries Bridgerton: book by Julia Quinn   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Where You Can Find Imogen Blog Write.Rewrite.Read Instagram write.rewrite.read Youtube Imogen Elvis Books The Crystal Tree The Shattering Song Frost Hands   Thank you for listening to this episode!    
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    187: The Problem With High Expectations and Control

    1:23:31

    This week, Imogen and I are talking about: High expectations and control. Do they result in unhappy children? Do controlled kids look for distractions? Does limiting screen time result in an increased attraction for devices? A novel that Imogen reviewed: Dear Hero Inspiration and different ways of telling a story How we can work together, share our skills, and help each other The Catholic Homeschool Conference (I'm a speaker!) News of two soon-to-be-produced unschooling podcasts   Show Notes Things we mentioned in this episode:   Indistractible by Nir Eyal Masterchef Australia 2021 Show Your Work by Austin Kleon Dear Hero by Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat Illuminae Files Book Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The Catholic Homeschool Conference   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Where You Can Find Imogen Blog Write.Rewrite.Read Instagram write.rewrite.read Youtube Imogen Elvis Books The Crystal Tree The Shattering Song Frost Hands   Thank you for listening to this episode!    
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    186: Criticism, Reviews, and Paying it Forward

    1:22:28

    This week, Imogen and I have a lively conversation about: The highs and lows that affect our parenting, homeschooling and creative lives Criticism: why do we let other people's opinions affect what we do? Whose opinions should we listen to? Why we shouldn't let criticism stop us from using our talents Reviews: why we don't ask for many reviews Writing about things we have never experienced Paying it Forward: is free online stuff really free?  We're also discussing some books and movies. And we're telling stories about: how to remove a dead tree cockroaches how I might have made a difference to the lives of the world's dogs and many other things   Show Notes Things we mention in this episode:   Tamworth Botanic gardens and Marsupial Park Country Music Festival   Gunnedah Silo Art: Dorothea MacKellar and her poem, My Country Water Tower Art: The Long Tan Battle of the Vietnam War Silo Art at Barraba   Book Show Your Work: Ten Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon   Tin Tin comics and Netflix shows   Movies and Series The Greatest Showman Les Mis Oklahoma Hamilton The Crown The Chosen   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Where You Can Find Imogen Blog Write.Rewrite.Read Instagram write.rewrite.read Youtube Imogen Elvis Books The Crystal Tree The Shattering Song Frost Hands   Thank you for listening to this episode!    
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    185: Social Media, Hooks, Distractions, and Books

    1:13:01

    This week, Imogen and I are discussing: Social media and video games: can we break the hooks that pull us in? Books: is it okay to use someone else’s ideas and create something of our own? In particular, we’re talking about the documentary, The Social Dilemma, and the books, Dust by Kara Swanson and The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell. We’re also telling a few family stories.   Show Notes Things we mention in this episode: Indistractible and Hooked by Nir Eyal The Social Dilemma on Netflix Dust by Kara Swanson The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie Henry Lawson: poems and short stories Bleak House and Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens How to Train Your Dragon: movie and book The Princess Bride: movie and book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells Jeff Wayne’s musical, The War of the Worlds   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Where You Can Find Imogen Blog Write.Rewrite.Read Instagram write.rewrite.read Youtube Imogen Elvis Books The Crystal Tree The Shattering Song Frost Hands   Thank you for listening to this episode!  
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    184:Trying Not to Complain

    52:02

    This week, as the rain continues to fall, I'm telling a few stories:   Wondering Weather I Should Iron The Elvis Connection Me? I'm Elvis' Wife Why I'm Wearing Stiff Undies   Show Notes   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Thank you for listening to this episode!  
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    183: Big Ideas and Big Passions,

    1:20:13

    This week, my daughter Imogen is back, and we're talking about: Writing: the definition of a story, what to write about, how we use our own experiences in stories. Superhero movies: the big ideas contained in seemingly trivial stories Behind-the scenes documentaries. Rock climbing and glass blowing: creativity, and the lengths (or heights!) some people will go to follow their passions. We’re also telling lots of stories.   Show Notes Things we mention in this episode: Camp NaNoWriMo The A-Z blogging challenge   Masterclass: Neil Gaiman and his writing class Margaret Atwood and her writing class   WandaVision The Making of Wandavision Captain America: Civil War   Solo Free on Amazon Prime The Dawn Face on Netflix   Blown Away on Netflix   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Where You Can Find Imogen Blog Write.Rewrite.Read Instagram write.rewrite.read Youtube Imogen Elvis   Thank you for listening to this episode!  
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    182: Bad Haircuts and Unschooling Adventures

    31:34

    This week, in this solo podcast episode, I'm sharing and discussing a few adventurous stories: Unschooling: Haircut Courage Younger Unschoolers: Spur-of-the-Moment Adventures Enjoying an Unexpected Little Adventure   Show Notes   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me Unschooling Community My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Photo Me and my daughter Charlotte Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling!    
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    181: Writing, Explosions, and Unsuitable Horror Stories

    1:20:04

    After a 4-month break, my daughter Imogen and I are back! And we're chatting about: Finishing novels and beta reading My 19-year-old daughter Sophie and 'graduate' unschoolers Bushfires and exploding trees How our generous members saved our unschooling community Vlogging The TV shows we've been watching The Masterclass classes we've been enjoying We’re also discussing the question: is it okay to expose our kids to 'unsuitable' movies and books?   Show Notes   Things We Mention Masterclass website Matthew Walker on Masterclass Neil Gaiman's books including Coraline and The Graveyard Book Coraline the movie WandaVision on Disney Plus The Truth Seekers on Amazon Prime   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram sue_elvis   Where You Can Find Imogen Blog Write.Rewrite.Read Instagram write.rewrite.read Youtube Imogen Elvis   Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling!   Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family or Instagram to leave a comment. Perhaps you'd like to join our unschooling community?   Imogen and I would love to hear some feedback about our conversation! Photo: Imogen took me out for a special celebratory breakfast. I've finished my children's novel!      
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    180: Unschool, Martian, and Risque Stories

    1:21:38

    My daughter Imogen and I are discussing play, writing, books, Martians, and exercise. This episode is jam-packed full of stories, unschooling thoughts and resources. Episode Contents 0:00-01:56 Intro 01:56-07:53 Excitement  07:53-10:51 Writing 10:51-18:08 Music 18:08-30:15 Kids’ Play 30:15-42:10 Adults’ Play 42:10-59:18 A Space Phase 59:18-01:03:31 A Novel and Priest Holes 01:03:31-01:07:11 Exercise 01:07:11-01:13:51 A Risqué Story 01:13:51-01:17:01 Listener Questions  01:17:01-01:21:38 End Stuff   Show Notes    Writing NaNoWriMo   Music Musescore Garageband   Play Blog Post: Doing What Kids Ought to Do   A Space Phase The War of the Worlds book by H.G. Wells Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds The Martian book The Martian movie Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets   Exercise Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home   Books The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton Imogen's new novel : Frost Notes   My Unschooling Books Curious Unschoolers: Kindle Curious Unschoolers: paperback Radical Unschool Love: Kindle Radical Unschool Love: paperback My Amazon Author Page   Where You Can Find Me My Stories of an Unschooling Family community Youtube Sue Elvis Blogs Stories of an Unschooling Family Where the Carol Birds Sing Instagram stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily   Where You Can Find Imogen Blog Write.Rewrite.Read Instagram write.rewrite.read Youtube Imogen Elvis   Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoy my podcast, please consider sharing the link so that we can spread the word about unschooling! Please feel welcome to visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family or Instagram to leave a comment. Perhaps you have a question for Imogen? We'd love to hear some feedback about our conversation!  

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