The UM2M Approach
When we first started Unschooling Mom2Mom back in 2014, a handful of experienced unschooling moms - many with grown unschooled "children" - came together to create a safer place online for people to ask their unschooling questions and get good solid answers.
We knew that parents had real fears about trying such an unconventional educational approach. They needed to be able to pose their questions without feeling attacked or shamed for their (sometimes really mainstream) perspective.
The internet can be a wild and wooly place and people can forget how vulnerable a mom can feel when she asks a question. That new person may ask something other unschoolers have heard over and over again. But the only way she can really hear the answers, is if those of us helping show a little empathy and compassion.
Kindness has been our guiding thought from the beginning - and it continues to be today.
We remember what it was like to want something better for our kids but not know where to turn.
Unschooling Mom2Mom is the place to go.
We can help you figure this out.
Some families come to Unschooling Mom2Mom when they're just embarking on their homeschooling/unschooling journey.
Others may have been happily unschooling or homeschooling, but something shifted and now they feel stuck.
Unschooling Mom2Mom was created as a place moms could walk alongside each other, offering insight and experience that might help them move toward embracing unschooling a little more.
A Few Thoughts for You...
Most of us were conditioned to think that “learning” has to look like school. But unschoolers have discovered differently.
We consider unschooling to be no tests, no grades, no curriculum, no assignments, no required academic work. Parents are resource-finders, tour guides, role models, facilitators, partners, friends.
It also helps if you’re creative, positive, fun-loving, and are generally curious and excited about life!
When families carry the unschooling principles beyond education and apply them to other aspects of parenting (chores, food choices, body autonomy, parent:child interactions, etc.) this is known as "radical unschooling." Families learn and evolve over the years. Something may sound completely wacky to a parent when their oldest child is 6 - but by the time that child is 11, it makes a lot more sense. Unschooling families discover that their parenting styles often evolves as they spend more time with their children and embrace unschooling in other aspects of their lives. Remaining flexible and open to trying new possibilities is key.
When we think of a child who is miserable - whether they're in a school or in a power struggle with their mom over some aspect of their curriculum, we believe unschooling could help.
Here at Unschooling Mom2Mom, we will try to gently nudge you into seeing that learning is everywhere. But everyone is encouraged to speak respectfully and be gentle with each other in our groups and pages. Social media offers people the option to connect and learn from people all over the world – but it also gives people a place to hide while launching a flame war. We have no interest in that at Unschooling Mom2Mom.
While we're not trying to convince everyone to unschool, we do believe that many of the principles can help families live happier lives - learning and growing together.
Unschooling Mom2Mom Founder & Host
Sue Patterson started homeschooling her three children in 1996. After a year or so of curriculum, they began their unschooling journey. She has been active in the homeschooling/ unschooling community for nearly 25 years and has much to share. Her children are off on their own adventures now, happy to have had such a wonderful childhood and fully prepared for their adult life.
For years, she blogged with the title Unschooling Mom2Mom.
Then in 2014, she expanded it to include so many more ways to reach and help families.
Sue now offers coaching and mentoring to families around the world. Her goal is to help families see that they have all sorts of choices with their educational and parenting approaches. She helps them find practical ways to create a family life full of joy and adventure.
She is a woman on a mission!
For more info about working with Sue...
Podcast: Unschooling Mom2Mom
Free Weekly Newsletter: Unschooling Updates
Instagram: Unschooling Mom2Mom
Pinterest: Unschooling Mom2Mom
YouTube: Unschooling Mom2Mom
Facebook Page: UnschoolingMom2Mom (not the group)
Free PDF: New Unschoolers Checklist
Sue Patterson helps families who want to either move more quickly toward unschooling or deal with personal obstacles in a more private way. In addition to 1:1 coaching options, she offers private membership groups where parents ask questions freely. Members receive answer usually within 24 hours.
Here are a few of the ways many unschoolers work with Sue privately or in a small group:
Creating Confidence - private community with online group coaching (currently a waitlist)
Jumping Into Unschooling - a perfect course to learn about unschooling
Homeschooled Teens - Sue's book: I interviewed 75 young people about their lives without school (digital or hard-copy)
1:1 phone calls - hop on Sue's calendar
Are You in the Free Facebook Group?
With over 35,000 members, Unschooling Mom2Mom helps families figure out how to connect with other unschoolers and learn more about unschooling.