In February 2009 someone wrote looking for how to deal with a stepson's other parents on the issue of his quitting college. He's only sixteen and wants to take a year off. She had looked around my site and not found info, so I went looking. I found a few things worth gathering, but Lyla pointed out that Joyce's site has a whole section.

Joyce's links:

Commitments, obligations, responsibilities

There are just things we have to do in life


With Freedom Comes Responsibility

Honoring Obligations

Life can't be all just fun and games

What about when they want to quit something?

I don't get how it's not okay for him to act responsibly

Nurturing Optimism

Pam Sorooshian, November 2012, on her plans for a late-December presentation:

The one thing I've been thinking about this week is that unschooling is a profoundly optimistic decision and that it involves a huge commitment to living a very optimistic life. I'm going to talk more about what I mean by that and what happens when children grow up that way—kind of amazing.

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I think it is possible that THE most significant thing unschooling does is nurture optimism.

—Pam Sorooshian

Always Learning Live Unschooling Symposium blog

photo by Sandra Dodd

I liked this quote:
So this morning we are going into Dublin to the natural history museum on the train (and just getting the groceries on the way) and taking our time - THANK YOU Sandra and all you lovely unschoolers for your commitment to your children and your reminder to me to commit to unschooling, you enabled me to rediscover my dd and I'm so relieved that she's still there - amazing! I'm going to keep coming back for suggestions to this lovely group!





still, it should be a choice! "Have to" won't do it.