Doing my best to stay on his side whenever possible and giving him the space to learn how to work through his strong feelings has made my relationship with him stronger and much more enjoyable on the whole for me. I just don't have it in me to "be the parent" in the traditional sense. All I could do was to strive to have as authentic a relationship with him as I could and trust that he did have real, valid-for-him reasons for his actions. The more that I could try to understand where he was coming from, the more that we could work together.
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Jason has just turned 18 (yes, really!) and I am finding that I am falling into that cliche of looking back on our lives together and seeing how far we have come. How I have evolved as a parent. How he has evolved as a person. How those oh so many leaps of faith I took over the years have played out.
I will admit that I am not a big fan of seeing unschooling articles in mainstream publications. It can be hard to convey what unschooling is and how it can work and there is a tendency to loose some in translation. Not to mention it opens us to scrutiny and criticism by people who are unfamiliar with homeschooling, much less unschooling.
Back in May, I presented a new talk at the VaHomeschoolers Conference, “Encouraging Reading in Late and Reluctant Readers,” based on an article that I wrote for the VaHomeschoolers Voice.