This year has seemed to go by so fast. If you missed it, here‘s how it went for us. And now I thought I’d write a short post about how 2015 was on the blog! These were the top 10 most viewed posts this year…
(you can click the titles to read the posts)
1. Why I stopped asking my kids to clean up: I’m not sure why this one was so popular but it did seem to be quite confronting to a lot of people! I read many comments from people on facebook who were outraged by the idea of not forcing children to clean. Some flat out refusing to believe I was telling the truth. Sorry to disappoint, but a year later and it’s still working people! Not asking them to clean at all was a temporary experiment to see what would happen and break the cycle of battles over cleaning. But what I found was that when I didn’t demand it and instead modelled it, my kids wanted to be helpful. Whenever I fall back into demanding, it becomes a struggle again. So I go back to modelling and asking for help when I need it. And asking something means they are free to choose the answer. But if I ask genuinely, without threat or demand, and when they are not already busy with something, they are very likely to say yes.
2. Stop Trying to Make Everything Educational: Something I had to get off my chest! I am passionate about children’s right to play, and children learning through play. But that doesn’t mean you take over their play and try to make it look like learning that you are comfortable with. No, play is inherently valuable, whatever kind it is. Whatever they choose to do, that is enough.
3. It’s Not About School: “Homeschooling or unschooling is not about keeping our kids away from all the negatives of school. While that’s an added bonus, for us it’s much more about the whole different lifestyle that we can all have together.”
4. How to Unschool: When I first started homeschooling/unschooling I really wanted to know how to do it and what it looked like. This post is for people at that stage!
5. “I could never homeschool…I need a break from my kids”: A common comment! And a post about why it really is easier than you think!
6. Why We Ditched Bedtime: No forced cleaning, no bedtime. It’s chaos here people! Ha. Not really. We ditched bedtime and let the kids listen to their bodies. And guess what? They go to bed around 8 every night. Hardly unmanageable, yet this post was another that was a bit confronting too.
7. Punishment vs Natural Consequences: We don’t use punitive discipline in our house and this post is about why I think ‘natural consequences’ are far more peaceful and effective.
8. The ‘Calm Down Codeword’: A little tip for those stressful parenting moments! We actually haven’t been using this very often anymore this year! My little 3 year old turned 4 and with that change came a lot more calm. Phew!
9. What a 6 Year Old Should Know: What I think is important for my 6 year old to know. Hint: not curriculum.
10. What if They Spend Their Whole Childhood Playing?: Lots of people seem to have this fear. What if you unschool and they just spend their whole childhood playing? Well it might just be the most awesome childhood ever.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this year! Thank you so much for being here. I love to share with you all and I have about a billion ideas for posts for next year. But I’d love to know, what kind of posts do you enjoy? What would you like to see in 2016? More thoughts on unschooling? Parenting? What our days look like? Learning experiences? Let me know!