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Audio interview – author + conscious entrepreneur Margaux Khoury on free schooling

Margaux Khoury

Photo: Ashley Martsen

Margaux Khoury is an author and conscious entrepreneur from British Columbia, Canada. She and her husband Josh have three children, and are raising them in an unconventional way by society's standards. They live toxin and chemical free, and free school their kids while building an earthship home.

In July 2017, Margaux and I had an insightful chat about:

  • The reason she and her husband decided to take the leap into home education
  • What 'free schooling' means... is it like unschooling? 
  • The power of asking why when you are evaluating your life choices and priorities
  • Why the current schooling system isn't fitting kids anymore
  • What it's like balancing life as an entrepreneur, mum and homeschooling parent
  • The best advice Margaux was ever given on parenting and unschooling
Listen to the interview

You can stream the interview via Soundcloud or the window below. If you like what you hear, get in touch or leave a comment below. We hope you enjoy! 🙂

Margaux Khoury and family

Photo: Ashley Martsen

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Audio interview – Pam Laricchia, author and unschooling mum of 3

Pam Laricchia is a Canadian unschooling author, speaker and podcaster who explains why the unschooling principles are resonating with so many parents worldwide. Pam shares the heart of unschooling so beautifully, and it's surprisingly simple!

In February 2017, Pam and I had a wonderful, open chat about:

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  • Demystifying the parent's role in an unschooling approach
  • What unschooling looks like as a lifestyle, and how it flows into adulthood
  • Why unschooling is a unique opportunity for children to develop emotional awareness, introspection, social negotiation and confidence in social settings
  • Why context is so important, so that a child sees how learning a skill is valuable to THEM
  • The questions to ask to see where your kids are at with unschooling
  • Why the word 'just' will prevent you from truly understanding what learning looks like for your children

You can stream the interview via Soundcloud or the window below. If you like what you hear, get in touch or leave a comment below. We hope you enjoy! 🙂

Here are links to Pam Laricchia's blog and social media pages:

Past audio interviews

Pam Laricchia interviews Mulberry co-founder, Grace Koelma

I was honoured to be recently interviewed by long-time unschooler and author Pam Laricchia on her Exploring Unschooling podcast. 

Pam and I chat about how my family recently took the leap in renting out our house, selling (almost) everything we own and are preparing to take off on full-time slow travel around the world in 2017.

The discussion also covers topics like:

  • how attachment parenting flows naturally into child-led learning
  • how home learning truly starts from zero, not 5 years of age
  • busting a few homeschooling myths, like homeschool-helicopter parenting
  • talking to cynical relatives or a spouse about homeschooling
  • the fairly new concept of childism
  • and a little bit on how and why the Mulberry community got started

I hope you enjoy the podcast, and please let me know if any of the topics we discussed resonate with you. And the interview is also available as a transcript, if you prefer to read instead of listen.

We're hoping to chat to Pam later in the month, so keep an eye out for that interview, it will be gold. 🙂

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Grace Koelma

Editor

Grace is a wife, mum to 1-year-old Leo, and editor of Mulberry Magazine. She believes that home educating starts from 0 not 6 years, but is glad not to have to worry about registration... yet! You can find her sharing snippets of her love of real food, picture books and homeschool on Instagram at @littlesoulfires

Audio interview – Kelly George, homeschooling mum of 5

We caught up with Kelly George, a homeschooling mother who is currently travelling around Australia with her husband and 5 kids in a tiny rainbow caravan. 

Kelly and I dived deep on a few of the perceived 'big issues' in the public view of homeschooling, and had a really honest and open chat about:

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  • The misconceptions around being an only child, and the many benefits there are to growing up in a single-parent family.
  • Homeschooling a child with special needs
  • How school 'failed' Kelly and her husband, for very different reasons
  • What it looks like to raise 5 kids and study by distance at university
  • Transitioning from homeschooling in high school to further tertiary study or work
  • The practicalities of life on the road and the natural ebb and flow of 'travelschooling'

You can stream the interview via Soundcloud or the window below, and we've linked to Kelly's blog and social pages in the blue box underneath. If you like what you hear, get in touch or leave a comment below. We hope you enjoy! 🙂

Here are links to Kelly's blog and social media pages:

Audio interview – Jess Pilton, Homeschooling Mama, WA

We're stoked to bring you our very first audio interview with Jess Pilton, a lovely homeschool mum from rural property near Perth, WA.

We chat to Jess about a whole range of things, and 'pick her brains' on everything homeschooling, including:

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  • What homeschooling looks like for this family of five, currently living in a tiny shack without power, hot water or internet
  • The challenges of home educating with a runaway toddler
  • ​Enjoying the season you're in instead of always yearning for the future
  • How to get past your fear of taking the plunge, and leap into homeschooling feet first

You can stream the interview via Soundcloud or the window below, and we've linked to Jess' blog and social pages in the blue box underneath. If you like what you hear, get in touch or leave a comment below. We hope you enjoy! 🙂

Here are links to the websites and people mentioned in the interview:

Click here to read a full transcript of the conversation