Tiersa McQueen is a full time working mother of four and a proud unschooler. She is a graduate of Howard University and works full-time in corporate retail as a Location Planner. She’s an advocate of Unschooling and Conscious Parenting.
Check out Tiersa’s Twitter and YouTube Channel for great content and more insight on unschooling and self-directed education.
00:00:18 Evolution Into Unschooling
00:09:47 Advice to Parents
00:16:57 The mindset of respecting children
00:29:01 Raising independent and free children
00:32:42 Benefits and opportunities for people of color and Black Parents who do Unschooling.
00:38:28 Debunking the Myth: “I can never Homeschool because I am Not A Teacher”
00:43:27 Deepening relationships with children
“The unschooling philosophy was like learning by doing and having experiences.”
“You have to figure out ways to live life and be in the world.”
“Children understand why it would be necessary for them to know. And then they just do it on their own.”
“Once children have the why, they learn so quickly.”
“Children aren’t as unreasonable as we think they are. They’re more reasonable than we give them credit for.”
“I didn’t want to fall into the same trap that our boomer parents fell into, which was advising us for a future that didn’t come, that didn’t happen. A place that doesn’t exist anymore.”
“Children are going to evolve. I don’t want to always focus on the future.”
“Parents are the first teachers.”
“Parenting is hard. You need people and there’s no way you’ll know everything.”
Twitter – https://twitter.com/tiersaj
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM9W1D9umDk05sMIO_gEFzw
Untigering: Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent by Iris Chen
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud