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2012 LIG – All Talks

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In this package get ALL of the 2012 Life Is Good Conference Talks

(a few of the talks got clipped off when recording)

Sandra Dodd


Personal knowledge is a web inside us of images, ideas, feelings, memories, fantasies and experience. Learning happens when we take in something new and connect it to what we already knew. There are ways to enable that in yourself and to facilitate it in your children.



Too much or too little? Too soon or too late? All of it or none of it? People can be balanced, or they can be unbalanced. (No, wait… that’s another false dichotomy, and another example of dualism.) Where’s a good balance point for unschooling, in a real-world life?


Food at an Unschooling Table

When children make their own choices about foods, they learn to listen to their bodies and they become generous with others. There are other unexpected benefits of helping children explore food on their own terms. Food is a crucial component of a peaceful unschooling life, and the same principles that apply to other kinds of learning apply to food, too.


Erika Davis-Pitre

Sharing the Joy of Unschooling!

This talk is all about the Joy that unschooling has brought to my family’s life. I will cover many topics in a humorous and fun way, from just starting out basics (is it supposed to be this fun?), to how to convince your extended family that you are not crazy (really, you’re not!) to how You yourself can become the next great unschooling guru! Come ready to share a laugh, a smile and some good time with your “people.”


Jeff Sabo

In Defense of Unschooling

If you’re at this conference, chances are good that you have rejected at least some mainstream parenting ideals and developed your own take on how to be the best possible parent for your children. But straying from the traditional path can have unintended consequences. Take your pick – unschooling, cloth

diapers, home births, discipline, responsibility, whatever – if you have reviewed the common way of doing things and made a different choice, people will question it. And these questions can quickly put us on the defensive, feeling like we have to defend the very choices that we have put so much heart and thought into. I’ve received a hundred questions about unschooling over the years, and at least ten times as many awkward glances and disapproving stares. In this presentation, I’ll talk about some of the ways I have explained our choices, some of the ways I have defended unschooling to non-believers, and  some of the ways I’ve rubbed people’s noses in their own choices when they got a bit too nasty.


Christine Yablonski

Love Lessons Learned: Unschooling my Marriage

Phil and I have been together for half my entire life. We’ve both evolved as individuals, as a couple, and as parents through the years. We can tell when we’re going off track in our relationship and have found important ways to get back on track and continue our journey together. Many of the issues we unschoolers talk about regarding our children correlate with what we should be doing in our adult partnerships, too. I’ll share some important ideas to carry with you and that you can pull out from your toolbox as you grow and strengthen your relationship with your partner.


Christine Yablonski & Kimi Biegler

Gilmore Girls in Real Life: the Mother-Daughter Relationship as Unschoolers

When Kimi discovered the TV show “Gilmore Girls” she found something she had never seen before – a program that showed a mother-daughter relationship similar to hers. The first episode she shared with Christine was Rory’s first day at college…and discovering that she needed her mom with her for just a bit longer. Critics and fans hailed this show for its sharp writing, quirky characters and especially for depicting an uniquely strong, connected mother-daughter relationship.

This kind of relationship is not fantasy – a strong, healthy parent-child relationship is not only possible but is fortified by living the principles of unschooling: honoring & supporting each person’s needs as much as possible, finding the “yes”, open & honest communication, and non-coercive parenting.

Christine and Kimi will talk about the unschooling parent-child relationship, using not only themselves as examples but contrasting with what they have seen happen in their friends’ families who use more traditional parenting styles.



Lyla Wolfenstein

The Only Parenting Mistake Anyone Ever Makes – Yes anyone, ever.

Not being a life-long unschooler, Lyla had many opportunities to discover (the hard way) what makes a family home happy and peaceful, and what absolutely doesn’t. With unschooling came the realization that she only ever made one parenting mistake in her career as a parent – over and over again. Or, rather, every mistake she ever made could be summed up as failing to prioritize the important relationships in her life over all else. If a connected relationship is the priority, all else clicks into place. If the connection falters, nothing else can work well. Relationship is the glue of life.
In this talk we will explore the illusion of control, the roots of parental influence, and primacy of relationship within the context of unschooling. This will apply to parents of children at all ages, but with an eye toward the preteen and teen years, and the reverberations in those years of previously fractured relationships.


Ronnie Maier

Leveling Up: Advancing your unschooling (and having fun doing it)

In this talk, we’ll look at fun and healing ways for you to accept quests, conquer your monsters, and gain experience points quickly to take your unschooling to the next level. With content for parents, young adults, and teens, new unschoolers and veterans, this will be an interactive discussion about the things that hold us back and how we can rise above them.


Carolyn Winkler

Lessons Learned, or, All the Things I wish I’d Been Told Before We Started (and a Few Things I’m Grateful People Warned Us About)

Even though they’ve been doing this unschooling thing from the beginning, it doesn’t mean it’s been a path without bumps.  Carolyn will will share some memorable lessons she and her family have learned along the way, offering humor, advice and ways to avoid common pitfalls.


Amy Steinberg

The F Words:  Fun, Freedom and Faith

I am excited to share my experience of spending so much time with the Unschooling Community and how it has greatly affected my life. With a focus on what I have (un)learned and seen, I will speak from the heart about my personal journey with this philosophy.


Dads’ Panel

Do you have a burning question for the dads among us? Do you wonder what goes on in the male psyche when the subject of unschooling is the topic under discussion? Have you been curious about what goes down in those SSUDs meetings besides beer and strippers? Here’s your chance to visit that undiscovered country called What Goes On in Dads’ Heads. Join a panel of unschooling dads for a Q&A session. Discover their challenges and inspirations as they answer your questions and share a glimpse into the XY perspective. Everyone is welcome. Moderated by Frank Maier.


Unschooling Moms Q&A

You know those fun TV shows where a bunch of gals sit around and talk about the zany exploits they have with their kids and spouses? Imagine watching that…with unschooling moms. Now imagine that you can ask those lovely ladies questions about their lives as part of an unschooling family. What would you ask? What myths do you want us to bust? What issues do you want to understand better? Well, imagine no more because this isn’t a dream – it’s the Unschooling Moms Q&A Show, featuring Sandra Dodd, Jenna Robertson, Heather Burditt, Renee Cabatic, Christine Yablonski, Lyla Wolfenstein and Carolyn Winkler. Everyone is welcome. Moderated by Erika Davis-Pitre.


Amy Steinberg Concert




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