I believe in God, and in Jesus Christ. (for more on that, start here)

I believe in family.

I believe in unschooling and other alternative forms of education. I believe that people learn best when they are able to decide what, when, where, how, and from what or from whom they will learn. I believe in learning and living in freedom.

I believe that children should be treated kindly, gently, and with respect.

I believe in mindful parenting and parenting without force, coercion, and punishment. I believe in treating my children (and all children) the way I would like to be treated.

I believe in regular length breastfeeding (what most of the world refers to as ‘extended’ nursing). I believe in co-sleeping, baby wearing, and informed choices about vaccines, circumcision, and health care.

I believe in natural and healthy eating. And I believe in cupcakes.

I believe in making mistakes and learning from them.

I believe in playing in mud puddles, wearing pajamas all day, having ice cream for dinner, and slurping the milk at the bottom of the bowl of cereal.

I believe that life is to be enjoyed.

You are welcome here exactly as you are, whether you agree with all, some, or none of the above. I hope that we can discuss intelligently and maturely, and ultimately all learn from each other. While you’re of course free to disagree with anything you read at any time, if it makes you feel the need to call me names and hurl obscenities, you should know that 1) I will no longer publish them (unless it’s to point out your grammatical errors. That’s always fun for me) and 2) it’s an incredible waste of your time. While I’m flattered that you would want to hang out just to insult me, the internet is a big place, and there’s lots of room for all of us. These are just my opinions… it’s not worth getting upset over. There are plenty of blogs out there that won’t make you so angry, and I’ll wish you well while you go find one.

If you’re still here, I’m happy to have you! I hope my words entertain, challenge and inspire.

12 Responses to Beliefs

  1. julie strasser

    i just happened upon your blog through a friend and I LOVE IT! i have 5 kids who are homeschooled. the oldest is 17…the youngest is 6. youf words have refreshed me in a time of feeling like they should all get on the big, yellow bus!

  2. Of course I’m here πŸ™‚
    Cheers hon, here have some wine!

  3. Courtney1986

    I just found your blog yesterday and I LOVE IT!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it!!! I have a 3.5 year old boy and a 1 year old girl who I intend to homeschool!Β 

    • pathlesstaken

      Thanks so much!Β  I’m glad you’re here. πŸ™‚Β Β  And congratulations on your decision to homeschool…. best decision I ever made for my family.Β  You’re in for such an awesome adventure. πŸ™‚

  4. Jennifer

    love your About Us, reminds me of me and my family almost to a T.Β  Looking forward to following your Blog πŸ˜‰ Good stuff here!Β 

  5. I wish I could find a friend where I am that believes this way. sigh

  6. Tonja

    I am SO glad I found your blog. I agree with you 100% with what you’ve said above. I just recently started homeschooling (unschooling) my children this year. They’re 8 & 9 years of age. I pray that, financially, God will continue to allow us to homeschool as I believe that this is our path! God bless!

  7. chloe

    wow your grate and so inspiring! keep it up!

  8. Wonderful words, particularly about children!! As I was reading and agreeing, I found myself astounded thinking, “Why isn’t this a given among Christians?” But it is good that you are bringing out these things, because sadly, so many Christian parents do not treat their children with true love & respect. (BTW, can I say right now I pretty much hate the term “tough love”? Except maybe in helping someone come off drugs or alcohol. Otherwise, the term is misused so much it makes me gag.)

    I cried when I found out I could not breastfeed my youngest baby. (She had a swallowing problem where the liquid would go into her lungs unless the liquid was thickened.) I still feel sad thinking about it today, even though she’s 10 years old. πŸ™‚

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