Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is a Cognitive Psychologist, Researcher and Author who has focused his work on redefining how we think about intelligence and creativity. In ‘Ungifted’ Kaufman shares his own personal story of being diagnosed as learning disabled as a child and recounts the limitations and restrictions that he faced as a result of this labelling process, how he resisted it and moved beyond it. ‘Ungifted’ is impressive because it combines Kaufman’s inspirational first person narrative account with an indepth critical and reflexive analysis of the relevant theory and research, its implications for practice and of course its relevance to our everyday lives!
We recently arrived at the reception of our Christmas holiday destination where parents were being handed cards for their children to fill out and send to ‘Father Christmas’ a.k.a Santa. The questions asked if the children had been; a) Very good all year, b) Very good most of the year, or c) Just a little bit naughty! Followed by: For Christmas this year I would really love it if I could please, please have: …
I know it’s all supposed to be a bit of fun, with the intention of making the holiday season more exciting and enjoyable for the children and their families. I’m also increasingly aware that beneath the perpetuation of the Father Christmas/Santa Claus Myth lies some disturbing attitudes towards children which are prevalent in our society.
Relationships take time, mindfulness and commitment and this holds true as we form attachments throughout our lives. At times we can lose sight of how important it is to nurture our relationships; life may get in the way, we may take them for granted or fail to realise that we actively need to invest in them. Due to our own experience of being parented we may not know how to deepen our connections with our children. This may be particularly apparent during the holiday season when parents maybe spending more time with their children than usual and tensions can be highlighted during family get togethers. Here are 15 principles to consider which may help in deepening your relationship with your child.
I wanted to share my experience of Sandra Dodd’s recent visit to the UK. Sandra is an author and unschooling advocate with 3 grown children who lives in Albuquerque, USA. Sandra originally trained and worked as a teacher during the 1970s, a time when educational reformers such as John Holt were prominent and the ideas of the open classroom were being implemented in some schools in the USA.
I wanted to share a wonderful conversation that I had recently with Pam Laricchia, author and unschooling advocate, for her ‘Exploring Unschooling’ podcast series. I really enjoyed talking with Pam about parenting, unschooling and child development. We covered so much!
I am an unschooling mum to two daughters aged 9 years and 5 years. They both love to play; playing with them is something that I have chosen to prioritise because I see how much they thrive when we play, although it is something that I have not always found easy. Playing with children is not something that always comes naturally to adults (depending on their experience) but it is possible to learn and I hope to explain here why I think it is important.
“Unschooling”, a term originally coined by John Holt in the 1970s, is a form of home education (2). It can mean different things to different people but generally it denotes a form of natural learning that is not associated with any methods of formal teaching or assessment at school or at home. It is an approach to learning and to life which follows the child’s natural curiosity and interests. The parent plays a key role in actively partnering the child and facilitating learning through their interests and engagement with the world.