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Self Directed

Free yourself so you and your family can live a self-directed life that resonates with your beliefs and aspirations.  Cecilie & Jesper Conrad, parents to 4, have been full-time traveling since 2018 &  unschooling for +10 years. Every Thursday, they host insightful conversations with their expert guests, exploring topics such as Personal Freedom, Parenting, Unschooling, Traveling, Money, Personal Development, and what it means to live a self-directed life.Tune in weekly for a refreshing dose of inspiration and practical wisdom. And witness the Conrads' unwavering commitment to living life on their own terms.

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#69 Ashley Logsdon | Mama Says Namaste: Nurturing Mindful Connections in Family Life
Send us a Text Message.Ashley Logsdon, founder of "Mama Says Namaste," is a family coach, podcaster, and blogger dedicated to helping families create intentional, meaningful connections. She provides practical advice on parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and work-life balance, emphasizing communication, personal growth, and aligning family life with core values.Join us for an inspiring podcast episode where Ashley shares her journey, focusing on the intersection of parenting, relationships, and intentional living. We discuss balancing family roles, the art of unschooling, and the impact on partnership dynamics, offering insights for families making unconventional educational choices.Listen in as we explore intentional habits for family harmony, the importance of adaptability, and the value of rest and play in fostering creativity and empathy. Tune in for wisdom on enhancing family life with purpose and love.🗓️ Recorded April 18th, 2024. 📍Belton, Missouri, United States▬ Connect with Ashley Logsdon ▬Website - https://www.mamasaysnamaste.com/YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/@AshleyLogsdonMamaSaysNamastePodcast - https://www.mamasaysnamaste.com/all-podcast-episodes/Podcast - https://www.mamasaysnamaste.com/podcast-danish-way/Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MamaSaysNamasteInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/MamaSaysNamaste Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
63:51 5/22/24
#68 Gregory B. Sadler | Self-Directed Learning in Philosophy: Bridging Ancient and Modern Wisdom
Send us a Text Message.Gregory B. Sadler has taught and designed Philosophy, Humanities, Religious Studies, Literature, and Critical Thinking courses for over 20 years. Jesper became interested in Greg's work when he searched for Self-Directed Learning and, by chance, found Greg's YouTube channel dedicated to self-directed learning in Philosophy.  Greg Sadler brings a fresh perspective to our lively discussion on how ancient wisdom parallels modern self-help and the ever-evolving education journey. We peel back the layers of philosophy's public image, addressing stereotypes and the ironic complexities of communication within the field. GregOur conversation takes a turn through the less-traveled paths of self-education in philosophy, guiding those embarking on their intellectual quests. We debunk the solitary philosopher's myth, revealing the discipline's communal nature and its relevance to contemporary life. Whether you're a seasoned philosopher or a curious newcomer, Greg offers insights into navigating the works of Plato and Nietzsche and the approachability of online resources like his 'Half Hour Hegel' series, which offers companionship in the sometimes lonely pursuit of knowledge.As we wrap up our philosophical exploration, literature's profound impact on us stands out. Together with Greg, we reflect on how our understanding of texts like 'The Great Gatsby' or Nietzsche's works evolves.🗓️ Recorded April 16th, 2024. 📍Belton, Missouri, United States▬ Connect with Gregory B. Sadler  ▬ReasonIO - https://reasonio.wordpress.com/YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/gbisadlerSadler’s Lectures podcast - https://soundcloud.com/gregorybsadlerFacebook author page – https://www.facebook.com/drgbsadlerTwitter profile – https://twitter.com/philosopher70Patreon site – https://www.patreon.com/sadlerSubstack - https://gregorybsadler.substack.com/ Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
63:13 5/15/24
#67 Laura Grace Weldon | Free Range Learning
Send us a Text Message.Join us for an in-depth talk with Laura Grace Weldon, who has written a handbook on natural education titled Free Range Learning. Together, we dive into the transformative world of free-range learning.Laura shares her profound insights on how natural learning processes can significantly benefit children, contrasting it with the restrictive norms of traditional schooling.The discussion explores the concept of unschooling, emphasizing the importance of preserving a child's innate curiosity and individuality.Laura's personal stories and practical examples shed light on fostering an environment where children learn through exploration and real-life experiences rather than structured education.This episode challenges conventional educational paradigms and encourages parents to embrace a more intuitive and playful approach to learning, ensuring that children grow into well-rounded, creative individuals.▬ Connect with Laura Grace Weldon  ▬Website: https://lauragraceweldon.com/ Free Range Learning on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreeRangeLearningCommunity Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laura.euphoriaX: https://twitter.com/earnestdrollery Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earnestdrollery/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/LauraGraceWeldon/ Bit of Earth Farm: https://bitofearthfarm.wordpress.com/🗓️ Recorded April 16th, 2024. 📍Belton, Missouri, United States  Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
52:21 5/8/24
#66 Sue Elvis | Live a radical life of unconditional love
Send us a Text Message.Discover the essence of unconditional love and its profound impact on parenting and education as we welcome back Sue Elvis for another heartening conversation.This episode peels back the layers of what it truly means to love our children without conditions, exploring the intersection of this powerful emotion with the unschooling philosophy.Sue delves into how respecting our children's individuality and passions is not just about meeting homeschooling legalities but about nurturing their well-being and learning experiences from a place of genuine support.We reflect on the challenges and the sometimes stark contrast between our idyllic visions of family life and the messier realities. Unconditional love emerges as a transformative force in our discussion, not as a passive acceptance but as an active foundation of forgiveness and growth. We share personal stories and insights that unpack the nuances of expressing this love, even in the face of societal expectations and the unique trials parenting can bring. This episode promises to leave you with a newfound appreciation for the superpower of compassion within your family dynamics.We also discuss parenting teenagers, dispelling misconceptions, and embracing their unique perspectives on the family unit. We underscore the importance of positivity and patience, particularly through the turbulent teen years, and the profound gratitude that comes with the privilege of nurturing the next generation.🗓️ Recorded April 11nd, 2024. 📍Belton, Missouri, United States▬ Connect with Sue Elvis  ▬Website: https://www.sueelvis.comUnschooling Website: https://www.storiesofanunschoolingfamily.comBooks by Sue Elvis: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Sue-Elvis/author/B00QTDRCBMInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily/YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@SueElvisPodcast: Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
79:24 5/2/24
#65 Sue Elvis | Stories of an Unschooling Family
Send us a Text Message.Sue Elvis from StoriesOfAnUnschoolingFamily.com  shares her fascinating journey through unschooling her children. Sue shares how she strikes a balance between fostering her children's individual passions and engaging in collective family activities, creating a harmonious learning environment free from the constraints of traditional education. Listen in as she describes the significance of being present, especially in the mornings, and how she integrates her interests in blogging and podcasting into the rich tapestry of her family's daily life.In our heart-to-heart discussion, we contemplate the evolution of the parent-child relationship within the unschooling context, especially as children approach adulthood. Discover how unschooling can empower children to make discerning choices about social acceptance and conformity and the parental endeavor to earn our children's respect beyond our roles as their guardians. We share our experiences of unschooling, the profound impact of community, and the enduring influence of parental love and support on the path of learning.🗓️ Recorded April 2nd, 2024. 📍 The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States▬ Connect with Sue Elvis  ▬Website: https://www.sueelvis.comUnschooling Website: https://www.storiesofanunschoolingfamily.comBooks by Sue Elvis: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Sue-Elvis/author/B00QTDRCBMInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/stories_ofan_unschoolingfamily/YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@SueElvisPodcast: https://www.storiesofanunschoolingfamily.com/my-podcasts/  Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
69:58 4/24/24
#64 Sue Patterson | UnschoolingMom2Mom - Connect more with your kids
Send us a Text Message.As I watched the light gradually fade from my child's eyes with each passing school day, I knew a change was necessary. This episode chronicles Sue's own metamorphosis from a traditional suburban parent trapped within the confines of the schooling system to a fervent unschooling evangelist.Sue bravely shares the trials and triumphs of her journey, offering a raw and insightful look at the necessity of preserving a child's innate curiosity and zest for learning that conventional schooling often fails to protect.Sue Patterson, a homeschooling mom with three grown “children” and nearly 30 years of experience, is also an author, unschooling coach, and podcaster. She helps families who are unhappy with their educational situations and shows them how learning more about unschooling will help.She is the human behind Unschooling Mom2Mom, available on all the social media platforms and offers courses, guides, group coaching programs, and private coaching.🗓️ Recorded March 22nd, 2024. 📍@ The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States▬ Connect with Sue Patterson  ▬Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unschoolingMom2MomInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/UnschoolingMom2MomYouTube Channel: www.YouTube.com/c/UnschoolingMom2Mom Unschooling Mom2Mom Podcast: http://www.UnschoolingMom2Mom.com/podcastCreating Confidence Membership Group: http://www.unschoolingmom2mom.com/membership Jumping Into Unschooling Course: https://suepatterson-unschooling.thinkific.com/courses/jumping-into-unschoolingLearning Math WITHOUT Curriculum: https://suepatterson-unschooling.thinkific.com/courses/unschooling-mathGuides, Calendars, Ebooks: https://www.unschoolingmom2mom.com/store/Private Coaching: http://www.suepatterson.as.mehttp://www.UnschoolingMom2Mom.com/unschooling-support Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
65:41 4/17/24
Da Ladies #8 | Embracing Curiosity: Unschooling as a Path to Authentic Learning
Send us a Text Message.Watching my children one lazy afternoon, unburdened by timetables and homework, I was struck by their innate curiosity. We embrace and celebrate this very authenticity in our little ones in our latest podcast episode. With my fellow wise women Carla, Sarah, and Luna, we weave a conversation around the unschooling movement—a radical shift from traditional education that nurtures a child’s natural inclination towards learning. We delve into the essence of childhood, free from the assembly line of conventional schooling, where learning rhythms are as unique as each child.Unschooling isn't just an educational choice but a lifestyle reverberating through family dynamics and community interactions. In this podcast, we illustrate the profound autonomy that unschooling can cultivate. Beyond the freedom from a Monday-to-Friday schedule, unschooling challenges us to realign our perspective on what growth and development truly mean—recognizing the inherent brilliance in every child. We explore the societal implications of this shift, envisioning a future where each learning journey's uniqueness is respected and cherished.Yet, this path is not without its obstacles. The art of unschooling requires parents to shed layers of ingrained educational paradigms—a process we refer to as 'deschooling'. Our discussion touches on the challenges of navigating family life when traditional parenting scripts are set aside. From redefining 'talking back' to simply 'talking' to the deep bonds formed through natural authority, we share our experiences of reshaping family dynamics. As we wrap up our episode, we leave our listeners contemplating the diversity within the unschooling community, encouraging a future of education crafted through trust, autonomy, and the individual brilliance of each child.🗓️ Recorded March 30th, 2024. 📍@ The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬Luna Maj Vestergaard: https://altomunschooling.dk/https://www.instagram.com/lunamajvestergaard/https://www.facebook.com/lunamajvestergaardCarla Martinez: https://planetaworldschool.com/https://www.instagram.com/ligronesenruta/https://www.facebook.com/ligronesenruta Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
79:20 4/14/24
#63 Rachel Rainbolt (Sage Family) | The Art of Parenting and Learning Without a Classroom
Send us a Text Message.When the world we've carefully crafted for our children comes into full bloom, it's nothing short of magical. Rachel Rainbolt joined us to share the rich tapestry of her family's journey through attachment parenting to the liberating philosophy of unschooling. Her reflections give us a window into how her children flourished as they pursued their passions, transitioning into traditional education with the resilience and self-reliance that unschooling fostered. As the Rainbolts' full-time traveling lifestyle came to a halt due to the pandemic, Rachel shares about the silver linings found in the quiet spaces of change and the anticipation of new beginnings as her children embark on their unique paths.🗓️ Recorded March 21st, 2024. 📍@ The Lovetts, Fresno, California, United States▬ Connect with Rachel Rainbolt  ▬https://sagefamily.com/https://sagefamily.com/podcasthttps://www.instagram.com/sage.family/https://www.facebook.com/sagefamilies  Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
61:23 4/10/24
#62 Dr. Gordon Neufeld | Hold On To Your Kids: Unveiling the Power of Parental Attachment
Send us a Text Message.We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dr. Gordon Neufeld's seminal book, "Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Matter More Than Peers," which he co-wrote with Dr. Gabor Maté. Gordon's work has transformed our understanding of child development through the lens of parental attachment.  In this episode, Gordon shares the critical importance of maintaining strong, nurturing connections between parents and children. His insights delve into the complex dynamics of family and educational systems, advocating for a balance between togetherness and individuality and challenging prevailing attitudes toward parenting and education.Throughout our discussion, Dr. Neufeld emphasizes the intrinsic power of parental intuition and the need for parents to trust in their inherent capabilities to guide and support their children through life's challenges. We explore the concept of cascading care, highlighting the necessity of a supportive community in fostering resilient and emotionally healthy children. The episode addresses pressing issues such as the impact of societal pressures on adolescents, the debate over homeschooling versus traditional schooling, and the role of government in family life.Dr. Neufeld's passion for enhancing the parent-child relationship shines as he speaks about the transformative courses and initiatives undertaken by the Neufeld Institute to empower parents and professionals worldwide. This conversation reflects Dr. Neufeld's groundbreaking work and a forward-looking dialogue on cultivating deeper connections and a more supportive societal framework for the benefit of children and families everywhere. Whether you're a parent, educator, or someone interested in the profound impact of love and attachment, this episode offers invaluable perspectives and a hopeful vision for the future of parenting.🗓️ Recorded March 28th, 2024. 📍 San Francisco, United States▬ Connect with Gordon Neufeld  ▬https://neufeldinstitute.org/ https://www.facebook.com/NeufeldInstitute https://www.instagram.com/neufeldinstitute/ https://neufeldinstitute.org/conference-2024/ https://www.youtube.com/@neufeldmedia  Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
58:14 4/3/24
#61 Patricia Lohan | Fun with Feng Shui: A Path to Harmony and Empowerment for Self-Directed Living
Send us a Text Message.Do you respect yourself and the places you spend time in? Jesper shares his own journey from skepticism to "Hey, that is cool." When Jesper first heard about feng shui, he thought it was a weird mumbo jumbo since he had learned to love it. It is a great way to use the energy in your house. For this episode, we have invited Feng Shui expert Patricia Lohan, and we will explore the fascinating world of Feng Shui. This ancient practice harmonizes living spaces to promote balance and energy flow.Patricia shares her wisdom on infusing joy into decluttering and its impact on areas like wealth and well-being. Listen in as we uncover the philosophical roots of Feng Shui in Taoism and how these principles can lead to improved health, wealth, and harmony in modern living. Dive into the practical side of Feng Shui with us as we tackle the unique challenges of small living spaces and unconventional home layouts.Patricia provides invaluable tips on incorporating the five elements to enhance the prosperity area of a home and manage invisible energies for a harmonious environment. She even addresses the skeptics (like Jesper), acknowledging their doubts while presenting a structured, empirical approach to Feng Shui that has converted many into believers after experiencing positive changes in their own lives.Discover the power of creating a sacred space, whether you're living in a van or hopping between Airbnb locations, and how this practice can elevate your transient living experience.If you want to learn more from Patricia, then you can find a wealth of resources, including her mini-course, 'Feng Shui 101,' her book 'A Happy Home,' and her podcast 'Powerhouse Feng Shui,' on her website. See the links below.Tune in, get inspired, and let's start shaping a more harmonious future together.Connect with Patricia Lohanhttps://patricialohan.comhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/powerhousefengshui https://www.instagram.com/powerhousefengshui/ https://patricialohan.com/podcast-live-your-dreams-awake/ Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
48:54 3/27/24
#60 What about the social life of an unschooler | Sam KingDavis asks us anything
Send us a Text Message.In this special Ask Us Anything episode, we welcome back Sam KingDavis, the renowned street artist from Prague whom we interviewed for episode #17. Sam had many questions about unschooling, so we invited him to ask us anything for this episode. Together with Sam, we embark on a detailed exploration of how unschooling impacts socialization, family dynamics, and child development. This discussion delves into the unique social experiences of unschooled children compared to those in traditional settings, emphasizing the importance of cultivating a supportive social network and the enriched interactions that come with learning outside conventional classrooms.We share insights into the joys and challenges of guiding our children through their learning journeys without the confines of traditional education. This includes navigating legal requirements and emphasizing life skills such as financial literacy and emotional intelligence. The episode also highlights the profound family bonds that grow stronger without daily separations and the personal sacrifices involved in committing to an unschooling path.Closing with a reflection on the transformative power of unschooling, we discuss its ability to foster autonomy and self-driven learning, moving away from the dependency on external validation that often comes with conventional schooling. Inspired by Sam's curiosity and our experiences, this conversation offers a compelling look at the potential of unschooling to reshape education and family life. Join us for this insightful exploration into unschooling, guided by Sam's engaging questions and our shared journey toward a more personalized and fulfilling approach to learning.Podcast episode mentioned in this episode#34 Erika Davis-Pitre | Homeschooling as an Answer to Race-Based Educational Inequalities#51 Akilah S. Richards | Raising Free People - Unschooling from a Black Perspective#56 Jessica Jacobs | Dare to Innovate and Transcend Cultural HegemonyConnect with Samuel KingDavisSocial Media: InstagramEvent Booking Website: www.kingdavisart.comOnline Classes: Learn Caricature Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
58:15 3/20/24
#59 Four Arrows | Embracing Indigenous Wisdom, Sustainable Living, and the Journey to 'Enoughness'
Send us a Text Message.Join us for a riveting episode that journeys into the heart of Indigenous wisdom with Don Trent Jacobs, known affectionately as Four Arrows, a beacon of Lakota teachings and a profound advocate for American Indian rights. Four Arrows invites us into his world, sharing the story behind his evocative Lakota name, Wahinkpe Topa, and how it has guided his journey through life, education, and activism. His tales are a testament to the deep connection with Earth's rhythms and the transformative insights from Indigenous worldviews.Delve into a conversation that spans the vast landscapes of personal autonomy, counter-hegemonic education, and the pivotal moments that have defined Four Arrows' path, including a life-altering near-death experience. Explore the critical contrasts between Western and Indigenous perspectives on our relationship with the natural world, education, and societal structures, revealing how these views shape our learning paths and personal freedom.We discuss the integration of eco-conscious living in both rural and urban settings, igniting curiosity for a life in harmony with nature.The conversation takes a deeper dive into the untold stories of historical figures like Helen Keller, challenging us to rethink our education system and the importance of recognizing natural entities as legal persons. Four Arrows shares his courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, highlighting nature's healing powers and the significance of spiritual existence. This episode, wrapped in the resilience and spiritual beauty of the human spirit, invites you to discover the principle of "enoughness" and the enduring beauty found amidst life's trials. Tune in for an enlightening exploration that promises to shift your perspective and stir your soul.Episode linksThe Shamans Message #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siI8vxZZK5wThe Shamans Message #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2lrZYJctuoThe Shamans Message #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW_Mu8GN4T0 Book by Four Arrows: https://www.fourarrowsbooks.com/ 🗓️ Recorded January 26th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
45:10 3/13/24
#58 - Dr. Karin Lubin & Randy Crutcher | Shaping a Purposeful Life Through Passion and Health
Send us a Text Message.Jesper met Dr. Karin Lubin and Randy Crutcher when he worked as the marketing director for The Passion Test. Working on this wonderful project has been a life-changing journey of finding and following our true passions. Cecilie and Jesper probably wouldn't be full-time travelers without The Passion Test. It's life-changing—go check it out.This episode is very cozy. It is a reuniting of long-time friends. Together, we explore what Karin and Randy are up to today. The focus is on passion and health. We share stories of personal evolution and turning to health and wellness, shedding light on the struggles and victories of establishing better habits. From daily runs to significant weight loss and mental clarity, our experiences offer encouragement to those aspiring to prioritize wellness in their life's journey. Discover the importance of consistency, the adaptation to our changing bodily needs, and the joy of recognizing personal progress.With a mix of humor and wisdom, we compare our diverse health strategies and share resources to support your own journey toward vitality. This episode is a heartening exploration of making incremental, meaningful changes toward our best selves. Tune in for an educational and uplifting exchange that celebrates the beauty of personal growth and self-care.🗓️ Recorded January 23rd, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode linksWebsite: https://drkarinlubin.comExercise for Health Community: https://drkarinlubin.com/exercise-for-health/Nutrition: https://drkarinlubin.com/faster-way/ Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
57:40 3/6/24
#57 - Lucy Aitkenread | Being a parent is a gateway to Self-Discovery: A Journey Towards Community, Connection, and Healing
Send us a Text Message.When Lucy AitkenRead swapped the serenity of her yurt for the lively hum of town life, it wasn't just a change of scenery—it was a pivotal shift in her family's journey. Our conversation with Lucy delves into how this move, prompted by a craving for community and connection, wasn't solely for her children's benefit. It also marked a turning point in her own healing process, intertwining the principles of unschooling with the intricate dance of parental self-discovery. Throughout this episode, we peel back the layers of how our own growth as parents deeply influences the unschooled environment, fostering a space where learning and growth can flourish organically for our entire families.This episode takes you through the ebbs and flows of self-development, where the practicalities of daily life meet the profound. We explore the 'rhythm method' of healing and the wisdom in embracing the cycles of personal growth, finding spirituality in the simplicity of peanut butter sandwiches, and the mindfulness of our everyday tasks. It's about discovering the extraordinary within the ordinary and understanding that our spiritual journey can be rooted in the very essence of our day-to-day existence. Together with Lucy, we discuss how these subtle shifts in perception can transform not just our approach to unschooling but the way we navigate all facets of our life.Embracing life's seasons and the transformations that come with them, this episode is a heart-to-heart on the different 'faces' we encounter. We share personal narratives of self-improvement, from conquering annoyance to making life-altering decisions like quitting drinking, and consider how these choices reflect in our relationships and well-being. 🗓️ Recorded January 22nd, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoConnect with Lucy AitkenReadUnschooling course: https://discolearning.com Blog: https://lulastic.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LulasticAndTheHippyshake Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucy_aitkenread  Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
53:11 2/28/24
#56 - Jessica Jacobs | Ditchschool: Passion-Driven Learning and Early College Experience
Send us a Text Message.Ditch School, where unschooling meets early college, challenging educational norms. Jessica Jacobs is the founder of Ditch School. Jessica's sons' quest for knowledge led them beyond the confines of traditional schooling to embrace unschooling, paired with early college experiences. She challenges the status quo, advocating for education that aligns with a child’s curiosity and passion rather than rigid curricula.Our discussion sheds light on the flexibility and innovation at the heart of Ditch School, offering insights into how personalized learning paths can lead to remarkable outcomes. Jessica also touches on the practicalities of blending unschooling with academic goals, the importance of mentorship, and fostering a community where children can thrive on their own terms.At Ditchschool, students are empowered to lead their learning journeys, exploring beyond textbooks to find their passions and potential in the real world.🗓️ Recorded January 21st, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode linkshttps://www.ditchschool.org/ https://www.petalslearningcommunity.org/ Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
61:00 2/21/24
#55 - Sandra Dodd | The Unforeseen Benefits of Unschooling - Healing past traumas
Send us a Text Message.Unschooling profoundly impacts both children and parents. For many parents, the process of deschooling themselves is a journey of personal growth and healing. By allowing your children to thrive free from academic pressures, you also foster a unique space for parental reflection and development.Together with Sandra Dodd, we delve into 'The Unforeseen Benefits of Unschooling: Healing Past Traumas.'Sandra draws intriguing parallels between the care we offer to our children and the nurturing we extend to ourselves. We uncover how embracing the unschooling philosophy can lead to a harmonious existence that respects natural growth and learning rhythms.Join us in this episode as we explore not just an educational alternative but a gateway to a more compassionate and authentic way of living.🗓️ Recorded January 17th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode links:Website: https://SandraDodd.com Daily inspiration, online or by e-mail: Just Add Light and StirLinks for articles and thoughts on the internet, unschooling, and videogameshttps://sandradodd.com/unexpectedhttps://sandradodd.com/healinghttps://sandradodd.com/mindfulofwordshttps://sandradodd.com/mindfulnesshttps://sandradodd.com/issueshttps://sandradodd.com/feedback/rippy Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
73:48 2/14/24
Better Dad Podcast # 1: Conflicts and how we solve them!
Send us a Text Message.Jesper Conrad and Martin Cooke have started The Better Dad Institute. This episode is the first of their podcast series, which is simply called 'Better Dad Podcast.'The goal is to explore topics together, daring to be vulnerable and sharing. A Podcast version of what goes on in The Better Dad Circles.Details about this episode:As a father, I've often found myself locked in a silent battle over who's right, especially with my kids. My co-host Martin and I tackle a struggle head-on, sharing our personal experiences with parenting conflicts and our pursuit of growth beyond the need to 'win.' We peel back the layers on handling arguments as I confess the lessons learned from my psychologist wife's techniques in conflict de-escalation. Together, we navigate the rough waters of family dynamics, offering insights on how to turn heated moments into opportunities for deeper connection and understanding.Parenthood thrusts you into an arena where every day is a learning experience; this episode is no exception.  We reflect on the courage it takes to be vulnerable with our children, revealing how this openness can repair and strengthen the parent-child bond. Sharing our traditions and engaging in interests alongside our kids pave the way for a more harmonious family life.🗓️ Recorded February 5th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode linkshttps://www.betterdadinstitute.com/ https://jesperconrad.com/Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
50:00 2/12/24
#54 - Sandra Dodd | Unschooling thoughts on gaming, YouTube and the internet
Send us a Text Message. Where do you stand on gaming, YouTube, and the internet? It is a difficult subject. So many thoughts and strategies.Together with Sandra Dodd, we explore the complexities of the digital age with an open mind. We hope this episode will help you redefine parental boundaries, encourage independent thinking, and cultivate a relationship with technology that allows your children to thrive.🗓️ Recorded January 17th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode links:Website: https://SandraDodd.com Daily inspiration, online or by e-mail: Just Add Light and StirLinks for articles and thoughts on the internet, unschooling, and videogameshttps://sandradodd.com/ruleshttps://sandradodd.com/videogameshttps://sandradodd.com/onlinesafety Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
55:57 2/7/24
Da Ladies #7 | Embracing Unschooling: Practical Strategies for Nurturing Self-Directed Learners
Send us a Text Message.We explore practical strategies for nurturing our children's natural curiosity and love of learning. Together with my three friends—Sarah Bealel, Carla Martinez, and Luna Maj Vestergaard, we get hands-on, shedding light on how unschooling unfolds in daily life. We share insights into how children learn to read without formal lessons and discuss parents' vital role as facilitators rather than traditional teachers, providing an environment rich with opportunities for self-directed learning.Listen in as we examine the evolving landscape of children's education, from the significance of play in early childhood to the transition towards more structured pursuits as they grow. We reflect on how our roles as parents adapt to support our kids' changing needs and learning styles. Discover how embracing flexibility and trust in the unschooling process allows for diverse learning experiences, from gaming and travel to real-world projects that teach traditional subjects like world history and mathematics in unconventional yet profoundly effective ways.We celebrate the personalized educational paths unschooled children take. Acknowledge the self-directed nature of their learning, which empowers them to make choices that align with their life goals and interests. Whether your child is drawn to academic subjects or alternative pursuits, this episode reassures you that unschooling is about respecting each child's unique journey, encouraging their innate capacity for reflection, and supporting them as they navigate their way through the rich landscape of knowledge and skills they choose to explore.🗓️ Recorded February 2nd, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬Luna Maj Vestergaard: https://altomunschooling.dk/https://www.instagram.com/lunamajvestergaard/https://www.facebook.com/lunamajvestergaardCarla Martinez: https://planetaworldschool.com/https://www.instagram.com/ligronesenruta/https://www.facebook.com/ligronesenrutaSara Beale: https://www.renegademum.com/Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
80:03 2/7/24
#53 - Jo Isaac | The Transformative Power of Self-Directed Education
Send us a Text Message."I remember the day I threw the school bell out the window – figuratively, of course. It marked my family's leap into unschooling." Jo Isaac shares her journey through the transformative world of self-directed learning, where children lead, and education is as dynamic as the rhythms of life itself. Stepping away from the conventional classroom, we share how our roles evolved from enforcing lessons to fostering a nurturing environment ripe for curiosity and growth.Unschooling isn't merely an educational choice; it's a voyage of mutual discovery and personal development. In this episode, we explore the power of unschooling to shape relationships, with anecdotes about learning history through interactive play, assembling computers, and even those heart-pounding first driving lessons.It's about taking your child's hand and stepping into a world where learning is not confined to textbooks but explodes with vibrancy in every shared experience. We also touch on the emotional rollercoaster that comes with watching our kids mature into independence, an experience both sweet and poignant.Every moment holds the potential for learning, growth, and a deeper connection with our children.🗓️ Recorded January 16th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode linkshttps://sandradodd.com/joisaac/ Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
62:37 1/31/24
#52 Robyn Coburn | From Doubt to Devotion The Unschooling Transformation
Send us a Text Message.Robin Coburn shares her journey from doubting to advocating the unschooling movement. Together, we uncover the beauty of reshaping family dynamics and nurturing a bond with children that is rooted in patience, openness, and understanding. Through Robin's narrative, you'll witness how unschooling paves the way for a non-authoritarian approach to parenting that abandons fear and control in favor of proactive solutions and a deeply supportive community.Tune in to hear how unschooling cultivates the pursuit of personal interests, enabling children to thrive by exploring their passions rather than following a rigid curriculum. Episode links: https://workinproduction.com/https://sandradodd.com/choicerobyn🗓️ Recorded January 10th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, Mexico Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
25:35 1/24/24
#51 Akilah S. Richards | Raising Free People - Unschooling from a Black Perspective
Send us a Text Message.Akilah S. Richards guides us through her transformative journey, highlighting the significance of unschooling seen from a Black perspective.We navigate the challenges faced in the unschooling journey, especially within the context of Black families. Akilah underscores the importance of nurturing creativity, autonomy, and play in education and how these elements are critical in fostering a liberated and holistic learning environment.In 2016, Akilah published the first episode of Fare of the Free Child, a podcast for anyone considering parenting and leadership from a liberation lens. The podcast focuses on Black people, Native|Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC) families who practice unschooling and other forms of self-directed, decolonization-minded living and learning. Akilah also gave a TEDx talk on Raising Free People, sharing the now widely-celebrated philosophy, “We can’t keep using tools of oppression and expect to raise free people.”  In 2020, she released her book 'Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work.'Join us as we delve into this enlightening discussion with Akilah S. Richards, exploring the impactful and healing world of unschooling from a Black perspective.🗓️ Recorded January 9th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode LinksSupport Akilahs work: https://www.patreon.com/akilahPersonal leadership sanctuary: https://schoolishness.com/Coaching: https://schoolishness.com/coaching/Unschooling/Deschooling Coaching: https://schoolishness.com/savorade-coaching/Buy 'Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work.' Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
50:08 1/17/24
#50 - Eric Balance | Crafting a Conscious, Intentional Life - From Addiction to Purpose
Send us a Text Message.We received an email asking if we were up for recording an episode with Eric Balance. We are living in a yes mode, so here is our talk with Eric. Eric has been through a transformative journey from a heavy addiction to dedicating his life to helping people live a more spiritual life. To embrace his own big life changes, he changed his name to 'Eric Balance,' reflecting his search for equilibrium. In this episode, we dive into the role of authenticity and conscious choice-making in achieving inner peace amidst life's challenges.We discuss practical ways to integrate spirituality into daily routines, emphasizing the balance between spiritual practices and the demands of daily life.As we conclude, we reflect on the simplicity of life and the importance of living in the present, thanking our listeners for being part of this enlightening experience. 🗓️ Recorded January 9th, 2024. 📍Playa Dorada, Lengüeta Arenosa, Baja California, MexicoEpisode links https://ericbalance.com/https://balancemedia.ventures/https://www.youtube.com/@ericbalanceofficial/videos Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
58:48 1/10/24
#49 - Q&A Episode with Just Josie | Journey into Unschooling and the Heart of Parenting
Send us a Text Message.We got an email with great questions from a listener. Instead of a long email answer, we invited Josie to interview us for an episode. Josie doesn't use her last name, so we lovingly call her Just Josie :)Josie is navigating the tides of raising young children while embracing the principles of unschooling. Josie's tale of transition from the simplicity of van life to the rich complexities of family life in California unfolds, offering listeners a glimpse into the world of alternative education and parenting. We share our story on how we see the impact of unschooling on early child development, the value of being attuned to our kids' natural learning rhythms, and how this approach can redefine traditional schooling paradigms.Parenting is far from a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and this episode delves into the nuances of creating a supportive learning environment that balances guidance with freedom. We tackle the weighty matter of parental insecurities head-on, disarming the societal pressures that come with developmental milestones. From mitigating sibling jealousy to the profound impact of teachable moments, we share strategies that fortify family bonds and empower children to navigate their own educational paths. This episode is a gentle reminder of the beauty and challenges inherent in fostering a child's independence from the earliest stages.As we unravel the complexities of sibling dynamics and the role of government in education, our conversation takes a turn towards advocating for minimal state intervention. The essence of unschooling comes alive as we envision a future where learning is self-directed, and the spirit of inquiry remains untethered by compulsory schooling. We call on parents to reclaim their authority, trust their instincts, and courageously support their children's unique journeys. 🗓️ Recorded December 17th, 2023. 📍Mexico City, Mexico Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
77:12 1/3/24
#48 - Blake Boles | Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School?
Send us a Text Message.Blake Boles is an unschooling advocate and author of the book 'Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School' he also runs transformative teen programs called Unschool Adventures.In this episode, we also explore the transformative power of alternative education. We examine the conventional education system's limitations and champion personalized learning paths, inspired by notable educational theorists. As Blake, we have diverged from traditional career paths, and together we share our experiences and the growth that stems from independence and stepping outside one's comfort zone.Our discussion ventures into parenting, challenging the current trend of being overprotective. We advocate for a balanced approach to parenting and education, emphasizing the importance of listening to and supporting our children's unique paths. This conversation promises to be an enlightening exploration of self-directed learning, the joys of adventure, and the art of nurturing young minds for a diverse and vibrant educational future.🗓️ Recorded December 11th, 2023. 📍Mexico City, Mexico ▬ Connect with Blake Boles ▬Website: https://www.blakeboles.com/Website: https://www.unschooladventures.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blaketotheboles/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unschooladventures/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unschool.adventuresFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/blake.bolesBooks by Blake BolesWhy Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?The Art of Self-Directed LearningBetter Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year DegreeCollege Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to CollegeOther books mentioned in this episode:Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think - By Hans RoslingThe Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Deve Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
78:50 12/27/23
#47 Dean Bokhari | Balancing Work, Values, and Fulfilment: A Life's Manual
Send us a Text Message.Dean Bokhari, the innovative creator of Flash Books. Dean shares his journey from avid reader to pioneering a new way of consuming literature, offering a lifeline for those strapped for time but eager to dive into self-help and business books.Our conversation takes a significant turn as we address the topic of masculinity and its impact on childhood education. As fathers and entrepreneurs, we delve into our personal experiences, discussing the challenges of contemporary society and our aspirations to be exemplary role models for our children.We also explore the realms of self-improvement, emphasizing the importance of habits, values, and personal development. This episode isn't just about reading efficiently; it's about fostering personal fulfillment.Prepare for an enlightening journey through personal growth, adaptability, and the concept of sequential success. We highlight the criticality of embracing challenges and committing to change, reinforcing the idea that self-development is essential for living a self-directed life. Whether it's about finding equilibrium between work and personal life or reevaluating life values, this discussion is designed to motivate and guide you towards the path you desire.🗓️ Recorded November 16th, 2023. 📍Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico Episode  linksDean's Website: https://www.deanbokhari.com/ See You At The Top- Dean's awesome summary of Zig Ziglars book. Seriously, get it.https://www.getflashnotes.com/https://www.meaningfulhq.com/https://www.youtube.com/@Dean_TVhttps://twitter.com/DeanBokharihttps://www.facebook.com/Dean.Bokhari/  Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
98:02 12/20/23
Da Ladies #6 | Da Ladies Kinda Hate Christmas
Send us a Text Message.Join Cecilie, Carla, Luna, and Sarah for a heartfelt and insightful discussion about the complexities of Christmas, as we delve into its many layers. In this episode, we confront the often overwhelming emotions associated with the holiday season, from the stress of consumerism to the intricate family dynamics. We candidly share our experiences with financial democracy within families, the various perspectives on gift-giving, and the challenge of balancing societal expectations with personal values.Through our conversation, we explore how past traumas and childhood experiences influence our perception of Christmas and the importance of letting go of control to embrace peace and joy. We discuss creating new traditions, finding healing, and making Christmas meaningful in ways that align with our personal values. Whether you're dealing with unresolved trauma, trying to navigate family dynamics, or simply curious about the deeper meanings behind the holiday season, this episode offers a transformative and genuine narrative, promising an engaging and thought-provoking journey through the real essence of Christmas.🗓️ Recorded November 21th, 2023. 📍Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Mexico▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬Luna Maj Vestergaard: https://altomunschooling.dk/https://www.instagram.com/lunamajvestergaard/https://www.facebook.com/lunamajvestergaardCarla Martinez: https://planetaworldschool.com/https://www.instagram.com/ligronesenruta/https://www.facebook.com/ligronesenrutaSara Beale: https://www.renegademum.com/https://www.instagram.com/the_renegade_mum/https://www.facebook.com/sarah.beale1Cecilie Conrad: https://CecilieConrad.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Ceciliefelumbconradhttps://www.instagram.com/ceciliefelumbconrad/Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
98:46 12/17/23
#46 Kelly Halldorson | The Unschool Bus that inspired our travels
Send us a Text Message.Few experiences rival the thrill of breaking the shackles of conventional life and embracing the open road. Our guest, Kelly Halldorson, and her family did just that, converting a school bus into a mobile home and traversing through 35 states over three years. Kelly called their project The Unschool Bus, and they inspired us to purchase a bus and travel the world, so it only felt natural to connect on our podcast and thank Kelly for the inspiration.Kelly and her family embraced the freedom it offered to travel full time in a converted school bus but also faced quite a few bumps on the road, from logistical challenges to discrimination, but this experience shaped an incredible journey that they wouldn't trade for anything.The open road isn't the only unconventional path the Halldorsons have taken. Ditching traditional schooling, they adopted an unschooling approach to education, a choice that came with its own unique set of challenges and rewards. As they navigate this journey, they have not only redefined learning but also their relationship with each other. Kelly gives us a raw and insightful look into their lives, painting a vivid picture of the beauty and complexities of unschooling.But the Halldorson family's journey wasn't only about transitioning from a conventional life to an unconventional one; it was also about personal growth and resilience. Kelly shares her battle with cancer and how it profoundly shaped her outlook on life, instilling a sense of urgency to live fully and mindfully. Through all these experiences, Kelly has harnessed her empathy gene, embracing post-traumatic growth and becoming an inspiration for many. This episode is a testament to the family's resilience, offering insights into a unique way of living and learning that has defined their incredible journey.🗓️ Recorded November 9th, 2023. 📍Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@KellyHalldorsonFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellyhalldorson42Website:https://www.kellyhalldorson.com Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
116:01 12/13/23
#45 Karen Ricks | Embracing Unschooling: Karen's Transformative Journey from the US to Japan and Beyond
Send us a Text Message.Meet Karen Ricks, a brave woman who relocated from the US to Japan, reshaping her life and changing her perspective on education. Her journey is an invitation to a new world where societal expectations about education and productivity are dismissed, and personal goals are set free from the need for external validation. From living in snowy Japan to exploring the warmth of Bulgaria and Italy, Karen's nomadic lifestyle and her experiences provide an enlightening perspective on life, education, and personal growth.Karen's thoughts on the de-schooling process challenge the status quo, urging us to reconsider our views about traditional education. The concept of un-schooling takes center stage as Karen talks about her own experiences, demonstrating how letting go of society's preconceived notions about education can lead to unexpected personal and academic growth. She also shares the struggle of balancing a nomadic family life, the joy of culinary adventures, and the art of maintaining connections with local communities.Engaging with Karen as she reflects on her experiences of moving and adapting to different climates and cultures reveals the importance of seizing opportunities and overcoming fear. She shares the thrill of culinary adventures and the ways they've reshaped her relationship with food. The conversation closes on a high note, with Karen sharing her views on gratitude, taking risks, and creating meaningful connections with people and communities. Her tale isn't just about a nomadic lifestyle and an un-schooling approach to education; it's a testament to personal growth and the pursuit of happiness in its purest form.🗓️ Recorded November 6th, 2023. 📍Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬https://www.facebook.com/OurKitchenClassroom/ https://ourkitchenclassroom.com/https://medium.com/@karenmrickshttps://www.facebook.com/KarenMRickshttps://www.instagram.com/karenm.ricks/http://www.karenricks.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-m-ricks-378468107/ Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
102:44 12/6/23
#44 - Randall Hardy | Breaking Barriers: How to Have a Respectful Approach to Parenting
Send us a Text Message.Randall Hardy joins us for a conversation on the complexities of parenting and the journey to adulthood. Randall shares insights from his own parenting journey; and together, we promise to redefine your understanding of 'childism', family dynamics, and preparing children for adulthood. You'll learn to identify and rectify the problematic ways we sometimes communicate with children and reflect on whether perfection is truly the goal in parenting or simply being 'good' is enough.We'll take you through a discussion on the challenges modern society presents in nourishing strong family bonds and the implications of mandatory schooling. Randall's perspective on these topics will make you question conventional thinking on parenting and family life. Creating a family-friendly space at home, the significance of family meal times, and the importance of making family time a positively memorable experience are just a few of the many aspects we cover. This episode doesn't shy away from challenging the status quo of child-rearing norms, from the necessity of children having their own rooms to the assumption that children become the state's responsibility after a certain age. With a deep dive into the financial implications of schooling and discussions on parental responsibility, we aim to provoke thought and encourage listeners to make informed decisions. Above all, you'll gain an understanding of how our ultimate job as parents is to equip our children with the skills they need to become capable adults, making this episode invaluable for anyone on the intricate path of parenthood.🗓️ Recorded October 25th, 2023. 📍Playa del Carmen, Mexico▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬ Randall's blog: "No Nationalisation of our Kids": https://northshropshe.wordpress.com/HEFF2023 Talk by Randall: https://northshropshe.wordpress.com/2023/08/29/when-governments-are-not-listening/Randall is also a team member of The HE Byte – Commenting on the UK EHE political scene: https://he-byte.uk/Book recommendation: Michaeleen Doucleff - Hunt, Gather, Parent:https://michaeleendoucleff.com Support the Show.PODCAST INFOPodcast website: http://theconrad.family/podcast YouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/theconradfamily365Apple Podcasts: https://www.theconrad.family/apple Spotify: https://theconrad.family/spotify RSS: https://theconrad.family/rss SUPPORT & CONNECTSupport on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Theconradfamily Share a review: https://www.theconrad.family/review-our-podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconrad.familyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconradfamilyTwitter: https://twitter.com/theconradfamily
100:38 11/29/23