I started out teaching in schools which was a bit daft really since I was never at ease with the environment there. This was where I began to suspect that much of what went on there was not always good for children, let alone the teachers.
So I left teaching and worked in a variety of jobs the highlights of which were mucking out horses and making the tea.
Becoming a parent was an absolute joy – still is even though we’re cheek to cheek now. There is nothing more valuable that we do than parent our children (see pages). It has an irreplaceable impact on their development; their well being, their relationships, their education, their life. And others’ lives too.
When our two reached school age, being what I thought was a dutiful parent, I sent them off to school like millions of other parents. Then we watched our children fade before our eyes; their smiles, their happiness, their vibrant personalities. Worst of all; their passion for learning. We thought: there must be another way – and there is.
We hadn’t planned to home educate. We hadn’t planned to do it long term. It was just the way it happened. And it suited the children. They learnt what they needed to learn without suffering, they could be themselves, best of all they got their smiles back. Now they are moving on to do other things in the wider world and seem well equipped to make decisions, interact with others, use their intelligence, and know who they are and what they want to do despite not going to school.
During all of this time, all of my life really, I have always written. Some of this writing is for parents, some especially for mums, some for home educators, and some just for people who would read it! Mostly though, I write to help and support others. To encourage and inspire others to make choices, to be who they want to be, and to live an individual and inspired life.
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