In my experience, there are three basic types of grandparents of unschooled children : those who need no converting, because it was their own style of parenting; those who were somewhere between sceptical and incredulous at first but are en route to being on board now; and those who think it is a damaging and irresponsible way to raise a child. For now, I'm going to tackle the last variety (figuratively speaking, no grandmothers were harmed in the making of this article!) as they can be one of the greatest hurdles on the unschooling path.
In April 2017, my partner and I made a decision to give everything we've got to digging ourselves out of the hole we were in—not enough money coming in, borrowing from the rent and scraping it back during the month to pay on time, relying on credit for essential purchases when nothing would stretch any further. We were up to date on all our bills; that was in our favour, at least, but there was no forward motion, no end goal, no way out of the cycle. Or so we thought.
In April 2017, we decided to do something about our rather sad looking financial situation, and our even sadder looking financial future. Being a low-income household, we had to start small. This is where we began...
The GP greeted me with an understated smile, and the usual question, "What can I do for you," which initially I answered with a long pause. I'm nearly 37 years old, and I have had depression for as long as I can remember. This is the first time I have sought help in many years. It was always dismissed as "teenage angst" before, and so I stopped looking for support. I've been going it alone, with only my long suffering partner and a few trusted friends to lean on for so long, and it has gotten so tiring.
In 2014, following the untimely deaths of Rik Mayall and Robin Williams, we were subjected to some very mixed (and some very unusual) reactions thanks to various social media platforms. One that kept coming around was this little gem:
Yes way, actually. We'll just take it as read that casting snap judgements on people's parenting is pretty poor form, and get right to the heart of the matter.