Unschooling vs. Schooling

In my last post, I wrote about 6 problems with school: compliance conformity general knowledge standardized testing the classroom setting extrinsic motivation There are many responses to these issues: stay in public schools and work towards reform; send your kids to private school; homeschool your […]

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5 Topics To Talk About With Your Kids

I’m not sure if it’s because of culture or because of the language barrier, but as a child, conversations with my parents were usually limited to physical well-being, schoolwork, chores, and parental directives. 你吃饱了吗?Are you full? 你上火了。多喝一点儿水。You have too much “heat” in your body. Drink […]

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The Problem with Respect

The foundation of most Chinese family relationships is 孝, or filial piety. It’s the Confucian virtue of  respecting your parents and elders. Parents are expected to direct, train, discipline, and provide for the next generation. Children, in turn, are expected to obey, honor, serve, and […]

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My Unschooling Experiment

While many families are busy with back-to-school preparations, my family is getting ready for our first year of full-time homeschooling. But it’s not your typical idea of homeschooling. Instead of early morning wake ups, we’ll be sleeping in. Instead of a set curriculum, we’ll be […]

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Welcome to Untigering!

Hello! I’m Iris. Welcome to my new blog: Untigering! Untigering is for all the tiger moms and dads out there who are trying to be gentle parents. It’s for those who are attempting to connect with their children through empathy, respect, and kindness when they’ve […]

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