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Two Notes from me in one week! WooHoo! 

This time, I want to focus on the teen years. Parents worry that they're making a mistake or somehow putting their own child at a disadvantage if they don't make their teens go to school. But staying somewhere that clearly isn't working seems like a much bigger risk in the long run... on so many levels. 

Even if your kids are young, I think you'll benefit from this newsletter. You can clear up worries way before it's time. We all have little ideas..."But what about...?"

All of society wants us to dread these teen years. Yet for me - and many other unschooling parents - this wasn't our experience at all. We loved raising teenagers! Our teens were funny, and thoughtful, and curious. They could hold their own in conversations asking really good important questions about Life. 

So if you have a teen that is not enjoying their high school or middle school experience, I hope you'll consider some other options for them. You can read about 75 teens who didn't go to school in my book, Homeschooled Teens, or you can watch the upcoming live stream interview I'm doing for Lainie Liberti's show, For the Love of Learning. I'm talking with three grown unschooled young women who will be reflecting on what their life was like as a teen and what they're doing now. You can see the specifics below.

As always, if you need a little 1:1 help, just hop onto my calendar from the website.

6 Shocking Facts about Homeschooling Your Teen

6 Shocking Facts About Homeschooling Your Teen
I know. Some of these seem like total blasphemy. That's because we've been sold a bill of goods that simply isn't true. But these are the facts. And now that you  know the truth, how much easier can you and your teenager's lives be? Awesome, right?

  • Diplomas are overrated. Contrary to popular opinion, you don't need a diploma...to do much of anything really. In the odd chance that you may need one so an admissions clerk can check a box – you can create one with a Word File. Same goes for transcripts.
    This might interest you:
    Unschooling and Transcripts.

  • Scoring well on tests... unnecessary. You do not need an SAT or ACT to get into college – you can go in through the community college system acquiring the appropriate number of course credits to be able to and transfer to a university as a sophomore transfer student. It's so much easier to get in that way.
    Read more about 
    Homeschoolers and College Admissions.
  • Real Life "Counts." Instead of trying to force your teen into a particular acceptable mold (usually for college,) do the reverse. Let the mold be created by your teen. Stay with me on this. Life is full of so many chances to learn everything you need to know for adulthood. But if you're too distracted meeting criteria or completing lessons - you miss all of it! And it's ten times more intriguing out in the real world. And, if you need a little incentive, colleges love applicants that have explored their interests and simply have more life experience.
    Maybe this might help convince you: 
    Top Down vs. Bottom Up
  • The World is Your Oyster. Your flexible schedule will allow you to experience some awesome internships and/or travel opportunities. Check out this collection of camps, conferences and adventures for teens:
    Unschooled Teen Opportunities.

  •  Avoid SO MANY Negative Aspects!
    Homeschooled teens have numerous advantages because of homeschooling. They've preserved their natural love of learning. They've avoided unnecessary stress. They've had the freedom to make choices.They have better socialization and better influences in general.
    Read more about all of this in 
    Learning from the Teens.
  • Finally You Can Catch Some ZZzzz's. Home educated teens aren't sleep deprived! Study after study shows how the teen's need for sleep is being completely overlooked with a typical high school schedule. And we all know how any of us act when we're over-tired: cranky, more stressed, inhibited creativity, poor memory. How could they possibly be learning much at all?
    Read more about
    Teens and Sleep.


Monday, July 11, 2016
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CST
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST


I'm interviewing 3 more Grown Unschoolers - each with very different paths.
You won't want to miss it!
We will talk about their lives - especially as teens - and what they're doing today.
Were they prepared for adult life? Listen in and find out. 

To watch the show live.

To watch the show at the website a few days later.
(Check in there around 7/14/16)
My 12-week coaching/support group for new homeschoolers is ready to go! 
Below I'm sharing what you'll get each week and what the themes will be.
Go to the Chaos to Confidence page at my website for more info
Or Click Here to Go straight to PayPal and sign up! 

Are you looking for a HOMESCHOOL COACH or an UNSCHOOLING MENTOR
I work with parents who are frustrated with their current educational approach.  
I provide the information they are looking for and
help them create a homeschooling plan that will actually work.


Wouldn't it be great to have someone who could help you figure this all out?

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