Unschooling Mom 2 Mom
Your Children. Their Learning. Your relationship with them. Things that really matter.
"So why am I a luxury while the bigger houses, nicer ZIP codes, vacations and other things we’ve chosen to do without are suddenly “necessities” that demand a second income?"
If you aren't familiar with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, it makes sense, especially in the context of unschooling. The 2 bottom lines on the pyramid form the base. These are the things that require money. Presumably, one cannot rest effectively without the bottom 2. The first and largest base is: Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep. The second tier is: Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear. Housing, food, heat and lights, then kids and everything else, but you really really really need to have housing, food, heat, and lights first!
The top 2 sections on the pyramid are what make up the bulk of unschooling. Those things can cost money too, depending on what each person loves to do and wants to do. On the second to the top: Esteem needs - achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respect from others.
At the very top is this: Self-Actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.
Right in the middle is the part that glues those things together: Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, affection and love, - from work group, family, friends, romantic relationships. That's the part that doesn't cost money.
Frugal ideas with an unschooling spin
Natural Born Learners
An Unschooling Life
Sprout, Squidge and Moppet
Sandra Dodd's collection touches lightly on budget but also talks about creating abundance and days that flourish which can be created in any financial circumstance. It's not about 'things'
"All it really takes to unschool is
a bus pass and a library card."
When the question of whether a family could unschool on a limited budget, the Unschooling Mom2Mom group overwhelmingly agreed that the answer is yes. Of course, it can be harder, and raising kids in or out of school takes a certain amount of money. Sometimes families shift their priorities so their children can have more of what they need to flourish. With a little creativity, unschooling can be done very well. Lots will depend on the parent's attitude.
If you're thinking that you can't unschool because you don't have enough money, here are some options you might be overlooking.
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