Once I wrote confrontational posts and posts about how we had to protest loudly. I wrote them because I believed that it was the only way I could get my message through. What happened. A lot of people agreed, a lot of people wrote to me that they were thankful for spreading this message and thanking me for having the courageous.A lot got very sad or/and angry, most cause they felt hurt without being heard.
I continued, it felt like the right thing to do and a lot of people continued with their support. The likes continued. It made me think that this was the right thing to do.
Then something happened. I started to feel bad about those who got sad and they actually started disappearing from my comments. Now only those who agreed wrote cheerful comments. Again about my bravery and how important it was.
I started to wonder... Is this really what I want to do? Can’t I be able to talk about safe attachment, childism, parenting and autonomy without being this harsh? There must be another way.
When I see people writing the way I used to and get a lot of likes and the same comments as I used to, I feel a deprivation. I too want to be recognized for my courage, my ability to make people think and I too want a lot of likes. But do I want to do it like that? Like I did before? No, I do not. Even though I do not get recommended as a profile worth following any longer, the likes are not overwhelming and the supportive comments are missing.
I believe that I have to speak the language of unconditional love. I am practicing and trying to figure out how to, because I have been using a masculine communication for too many years now, so I have to learn how to become feminine again. I want to gather us, I want us to become better together. I want us to WANT to understand each other. And I still want to advocate for the needs of the minority’s. I want to be the voice of the children and the mothers. I want to talk about how we can change our culture and become aware of the impact that aren’t doing us any good. But I want to do it in a feminine way, with love and not with fight and confrontation.
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WROTE ▶️ on Fri, Jan 19 👉🏽Sat, Jan 19 and were having a sleepover... oh yeah! When your friends trust you, and your kids all get along, it makes these week and only make for an awesome homeschool play date experience a success! #homeschooldays#happyhome#homeschooldays#nightoff#artsyphoto#homeschoolfun#gamingchair#powwowlife 👈🏽 #unschoolinglife#stayhomemom#rhea#instagrammoms#lifestylebloggers#powwowlife ——————————————
💁🏽♀️ I feeling great since my battle with my month long death grip battle with pneumonia last year. And to think about how powerful my ancestors are but mostly how The Most High God has always sheltered the meek especially as I am walking through 🚶🏽♀️through the valley of death, I will fear no evil. For the Most High God shelters is my place of peace and rest. The strength it took to service pneumonia requires a strong mind, and the ability to remember who you are. And finally, the family who need you to fight and believe that it will be well. Trusting in the God with whom I commit my everlasting soul to. I remember my cousin’s mom Aunty “Nicey” of whom cousin told say to me, “lay down in the bed, and YELL out your name... RHEA! As loud as you can. Just yell out your name RHEA! Because it is worthy. I AM WORTHY to get another chance at this #coldworld (childhood big sister) Debbie? I am grateful for your love, and advice. Getting that planner to write down my 30-day exit back home to getting back to my daily #teaching life with my tribe of little my homeschooling kids. Meet the real Brown family folks!
Love #Rhea Ma’at
Such a great time with friends today exploring the Milford Coastal Center as well as the free flow of games and art projects the kids did. They loved looking out across the march and trying to make out landmarks! I just love how homeschooling gives them the freedom to explore and discover at their own pace! Worldschooling ....using the world as your classroom rocks!!!
Dichos mexicanos, que nos enseñan sobre sabiduría popular. Son una oportunidad para hablar sobre está tradición y lo que significan.
Y fue divertido que un par de días después todos hablaban en dichos jajaja
Meet our friends @lifewithsandyandbenni ✨
Sandhya, Benni, Liam and Mael are a German family traveling the world together without an end date - renting houses, staying with friends from around the world, getting to know new people everywhere they go. They just decided to leave their base in Germany and be citizens of the world instead 🌎
I met them a year ago, the last time they were in Denmark and recently they wrote me and asked if they could stay with us in our new tribe house, as they were back in Denmark. This we of course accepted, as this was one of the purposes of living this way - to be able to connect with interesting people from around the world as a part of our unschooling life. And we just love them!😍
They have such good energy, so many interesting thoughts and perspectives and we cannot stop talking and reflecting on life together. They are so inspiring and I urge you to follow their journey!
Liam and Mael are the exact same age as Aston and Anakin and all the kids in the house are having so much fun together - despite of the language barrier between them.
Today we made pancakes, showed them around our neighborhood, the kids ran wild, we had a dance party while cooking and finally ended the day with @benjamin.leonhardt playing goodnight songs on the ukulele until the kids asked to go to bed 🙏🏻
One thing that made me fall in love with #unschooling is the way I was introduced to it.
To live everyday excited to learn.
Grace Llewelyn said it perfect -When you get down to it, unschooling is a fancy term for ‘life’ or ‘growing up uninstutitionalized’.
🤯 mind blowing right, like really think back.
It’s dark and gloomy out today, looks like a storm is headed in but that’s not stopping Wildflower. She’s a little busy bee hard at work.
Being a mom.
Her babies are asleep, so she needs to get some #housework done 😂👏🏻 #toddlermom
Meanwhile working with food groups, learning to ‘cook’ and with what, vacuum used for cleaning carpets, ironing pants like Uncle Butt.
She’s got housework down for a #toddler#unschoolingmom#unschoolinglife#motherhood#learningtoiron#sahm#sahmlife#survivingmotherhood#proudmom#minime
1 5015 hours ago
Alcohol slowly crept into our lives to become a regular guest. It was at the point that I didn't like it anymore, but I didn't know how to get out of it either. *
Smoking and alcohol has been in my go-to unhealthy coping mechanism arsenal for a while, and I wasn't happy with it any of it. This pregnancy and starting a friendship with a non-drinker is what helped me snap out of the habits. *
I started becoming smoke free on day 2 of knowing of this pregnancy and my alcohol consumption became one or two every few weeks.. I'm alright with that. *
I've been dreaming of making my own tinctures for a long time, but I didn't want to have large bottles of hard liquor around and make my alcoholic ways worse. I was scared of I was capable of doing to myself, having done that a few times this past year. Every time promises to myself, going back to the habit after not long enough. *
Drinking is so socially accepted, especially where I live now. It's a rare event that doesn't have alcohol around, like people require more lubrication here because of the salty air.
What I used to spend on one drink, I now get 12 of sparkling water. The savings I see through not drinking gives me the push I need to envision a new vehicle, a capstand winch or beehives without thinking that it's unattainable. *
I went for a long snowshoe walk alone a couple of days ago and harvested rose hips, uva ursi and spruce pitch. I bought 40oz of vodka today, and made my first independent tinctures (Peter has been making balsam poplar bud tincture for a long time). The spruce pitch dissolves in oil. I also purchased a couple vanilla beans during the last trip to town, so whatever was left after the other herbs/buds went to that. *
Thank you baby, you've probably saved this family from what too many families suffer through. I'll make sure you feel how grateful I am that you decided to come into our lives when you did.
11 3416 hours ago
Conexão com a natureza é algo essencial na nossa família 🌴❤️🙏
Nature connection is essential for our family ❤️🌴😊
3 2716 hours ago
Can we talk about how much I love home schooling for a second?
I love the freedom of choosing when and how we do school work.
I love that we can take it at our own pace instead of trying to keep up with other kids and battling different learning styles.
I love that our school work can be done in the grocery store, in the car or outside.
I love that I can choose a biblical based curriculum and we can talk about Jesus.
I love that we can take time off like we did the whole month of December to focus on more important foundations like the birth of Jesus.
I love having other mom friends who home school and are super supportive.
I love the fact that most home school kids graduate earlier than their friends who are in public school even though the average home schooled child doesn't learn to read until around eight years old and they aren't stuck at a desk for hours a day.
I love that we can go outside whenever we want and we can learn so many things that are far more important than anything in a textbook.
Where my home school Mama's at?
I absolutely love the freedom home education allows for exploration of the random wonder. What started as a curious question led to an exploration of design, which led to my 12yo discovering Frank Lloyd Wright and falling in love with his style. His excitement led to wondering if he could create a Frank Lloyd Wright style house in Sims. He spent quite some time this week learning about Frank Lloyd Wright and carefully choosing the right lot before he even attempted to design a house. He wanted the lot to include as many natural elements as possible, keeping with the flow of FLW. After careful consideration, he chose this lot then spent the morning creating the basic framework of his design. He has come to a pause while determining how to incorporate a water fall or fountain into the design. This is not anywhere near complete but I wanted to take moment to share with you an example of what natural learning looks like and how the rabbit holes of curiousity are foundations for endless learning potential. He has learned so much about a completely new design system this week. He learned about an amazing designer and the rich history that comes along with FLW. He is mentally and creatively challenged, inspired and honestly, on fire over this! He's spent the week reading, calculating, discovering, planning and creating- and he is just getting started. We have art, history, ecology, math, technology and reading covered with one random, curious question. No books, no prodding, no lessons required. All he needed was a means to dive deeply and discover. This is what happens when we allow and encourage curiosity to flow freely. Kids learn and they grow a passion for learning that they will carry with them throughout life. I also want to make note of the flow between the natural and technical here. I love how my son's deep appreciation for the natural and technical come come together into one project here. #naturallearning#selfdirectedlearning#letthemwonder#letthemexplore#letthembewild#letthemlearn#lifewithoutschool#education#homeschooling#homeschool#unschoolinglife#unschool#unschooled#unschooling#wildandfree#futurearchitect#architecturestudent
I love the early morning snow. I love sleeping in, or attempting to, on a cold and overcast morning. I love coming downstairs after a slow rising to a calm and somehow quieter kitchen than normal, turning on the heater, making a warm drink, and sitting by the window.
I daydream on snowy days. Sometimes of the mountains and sometimes of the beach. Both are my happy place. Either way, the snow brings magic.
Where will I go in my dreams today?
Imagination, determination, positive mindset, self belief... All these and many more qualities we are lucky to be (re)taught by these awesome two young men. Once they put their mind to something, they push through, come rain or shine. Be it fishing, reptile- or bird catching, nothing will deter them.
After many days of absolutely no luck, sitting, waiting, trouble shooting, Mr 7 finally got on to his winning streak. He trapped no less than 13 birds in one single day! (All birds got away unscathed... "I don't eat bird!", he declared). It was the happiest day of his life (and ours, by default).
Pre zmenu v múzeu! Pýtala som sa Otisa, či niečo nechce za odmenu, že je za ním ďalší školský polrok. Povedal, že chce ísť do múzea, ale rozhodne nie za odmenu, lebo odmena ho nezaujíma. Ani to, že prešiel nejaký polrok ho nezaujíma. Je náš 😂 #epicentrumunschooling#unschoolinglife#homeschooling
1 1319 hours ago
My kiddo deal hunting and clearing some shelves around Wags! He’s been extreme couponing and shopping with me since he was 3 😂 unmarked clearance for .59 each- he said he’s going to sell half for $5 each, then split the other half into valentines gift bundles (to give away and to sell). His little business mind makes me proud 😍 #unschooled#unschoolinglife#bizkid#learninglife#fun#mamasboy
I’m so lucky to work with such creative and inspiring people, who have ideas like this one!
This Very Hungry Caterpillar, is the very cutest I’ve seen! Pinterest success!
I’ll be sharing more Hungry Caterpillar activities soon (that I can take absolutely no credit for, because this girl is going for easy)
Life is too short to put off until "someday" the things your heart desires now. 💓
When you're waiting in a line, it's easy to make new friends with other Disney fans, and we've shared our story and our travel plans with so many people.
It makes my heart feel sad when I hear "I wish we could do that." 💓
Why can't you? Why don't you? With every trip we take or little family adventure we have, it only solidifies this big adventure even more. 💓
Our kiddos grow up. The time to do things is now. The time to take them everywhere is now. The time to show them the world is now!
Working remotely is truly the way to go! I love my work-from-anywhere career!
2 6722 hours ago
So far we’ve been catching up on some much needed tidying, and Teddy has been playing with on the wobbel (after raiding the face paints and our science kit!) while I work on our nature table- which is temporarily being turned into a space display as Bear spent yesterday learning about the moon (though its bacteriophages today, so...). I like the idea of setting up these displays and seeing what the children do with them, and it’s been a long time since I created an invitation to play. Now we’re all over the various illnesses we’ve had for most of January, I plan to start them again. Our Harry Potter Book Night kit also arrived, which I’m very excited for as I’m hoping this year we might attend an event! #unschooling#unschooled#unschoolinglife#toddlerlife#sons#family#lovehomeed
Today, I caught myself.
See, as you might have guessed from my Instagram name (Natalie the NUDIE); I’m a big advocate for wearing as little clothes as possible whenever possible.
My intention is not to do this in a sexualised way, in fact; if possible I would like to DE-sexualise the naked & natural body.
I have always posted photos on Instagram of Tallow feeding and I have never been concerned about me doing so before.
But tonight, as I looked at he two photos I took of me and my son, from early this morning; I caught myself thinking, “I’ll pick the more discreet photo, the one where my boob is more hidden”. I believe this sudden fear that has come from inside of me has stemmed from the fact that my Instagram page has gained more onlookers as time has passed.. and so more people to.. to what? Offend I guess? More people that may not resonate with my values or beliefs?
Isn’t it funny, that as soon as something like our social media starts to grow, we can feel ourselves start close up.
I want to do the exact opposite of that. I want to be more open, I want to grow.
So if you have seen this photo, made it this far down the caption and still do not agree with what I’ve said or what this photo shows (which is nothing more than the love and bond between mother and son) ; I ask you to look deep inside of you, and see what it is that brings up the uncertainty in you. If you do jump to think I’m showing to much skin, or I am looking for attention; what does that show you of yourself? Why are you ashamed for me or of me?
At the end of the day - we are only a reflection of one another.
Take pride in the naked you, bare your soul, and do it as a sign of confidence in the love that you have for yourself.
Our bodies should not be hidden in fear of being sexualised, our breasts should not be frowned upon as we nourish our children with literal LIFE FORCE.
So here are both photos.
I love them both - as it has captured a moment in time that I hold both fleeting and dear to my heart. Didn’t mean to rant but somehow here we are?
Thanks for listening, I will try my best to continue to be open with you all. x
48 52710:41 AM Oct 18, 2018
Repost from @themwildwoods - This kiddo has been begging for copy work, so we’re easing into it gently. She tends to be a bit of a perfectionist and can be really hard on herself when letters don’t turn out just so. 📝 .
I’m not sure how to dissuade perfectionism when I struggle so badly with it myself, so any advice would be appreciated!
“Be humble, for you are made of Earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.” Serbian Proverb
Little miss Sunny is leaving in a few days for Boston, and I’m already missing her/so stinkin excited for her. She is traveling with her grandma for a few days, and they are going to visit some places in our family’s history. Sunny has been studying genealogy, and has done pretty in-depth research on our families ancestry. They are visiting a statue of one of the first Chapin’s to come to America, and they even found a family member who is a professional genealogist who works at a museum, and they are going to go visit him! I’m so excited that she gets this opportunity! ❤️ I would appreciate any prayers for her while she is on her journey! ❤️❤️❤️
56 183912:05 PM Sep 30, 2018
Life skills are just as important! ❤️
Saying goodbye to 2018 actually feels really good. We are walking humbly and boldly into 2019 with big intentions and hopeful/positive mindsets. We have lots of travel, and teaching, stewarding, and studying planned, but as we know, life can take a turn at any moment. We have committed to a 365 day family art project, and I’m sure I will document a lot of that. All that really matters is that we are moving forward together, and not taking a single day for granted. I am wishing you all massive abundance in your lives friends! Speaking life, inspiration, and happiness over you all! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Peace- Jeff, Michelle, Sunny, Juniper, Goldie, Cedar, & Forrest
103 14426:51 PM Dec 30, 2018
#tbt to my favourite photo of us.. the photo that brought the cops to the door of the yurt on Sullivan's birthday... because I'm obviously cooking the kids in the bath!
So much has changed in a year. We were a month in without running water, without electricity, refrigeration, conveniences. Living in a 19ft yurt with no personal space with a baby and a toddler.
This picture was taken two weeks after my last cheque for maternity came in, 4 months before Peter got an interview for the job that he has now (the interview led us to being kicked out of where we were staying), 5 months before I would start my own job and have some $ coming in again.
Being penniless taught me the most about money in such a short amount of time. It also taught me how generous people are, how helpful strangers can be if you're willing to not go through it alone.
Since then, Lilian stopped breastfeeding and I become pregnant two weeks later. We have running hot water and I feel like a wizard every time I soak in a hot bath. We get lights at the flick of a switch without the sound of the generator buzzing in the background (if the power hasn't failed again 😉). Things are intense in different ways that I didn't have the luxury to think about at this time last year. They're hard because we're working to get better, not because we're trying to survive.
To learn that lesson as clearly, early and quickly as I did, I would do it again tomorrow without thinking twice.