Hi – I am Emma Forde, welcome to my blog!
I am an unschooling mum with two daughters, who have never been to nursery or school. We live in a small seaside town in Cornwall in the South West of England. I love the lifestyle that unschooling enables us to lead, spending time at home and out and about on adventures with my family.
Before having children I trained as a Clinical Psychologist, getting my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Plymouth University in the UK. After qualifying I worked with children and families, alongside studying on the Tavistock Infant Observation course – a psychoanalytic based course which focuses on child developmental research and observing children in a range of settings. I decided to take a break from practising as a Clinical Psychologist so that I could raise our family.
Our decision to follow an unschooling path emerged naturally from an attentive and attachment parenting approach. This has included responsive full term breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby-wearing our daughters’ which has really helped to facilitate a close connection between us.
I enjoy thinking critically about life, and my interests focus on attentive and attachment based parenting, children’s rights and re-thinking mental health issues and critical approaches to psychotherapy.