We celebrated summer solstice this weekend with a lovely group of unschoolers in a beautiful setting. There were crafts and games and delicious potluck food
bubble printing on paper
After several fun- and friend-filled hours we headed into the city for another solstice celebration!
the whoosh of the massive bonfire
*photos by my good friend, RondaWe brought a box of floating lanterns to send our solstice wishes into the sky. (Thanks, Mom. We saved some to light with you :)
As the fire mellowed, the drummers, hula hoopers, dancers, and fire twirlers took over. The girls were enraptured.
...or trying to train baby chicks to perform a play in Camille's room :)
I guess I'm the kind of Mama who lets her little one play with a bowl of wet sand in the car because she's loving it so, and drives her daughters and friends home around midnight, and lets them stay up 'til the break of dawn, and believes that sometimes a chocolate milkshake can be a delightful breakfast. I break so many of the parenting rules that we are often told are necessary, but sand vacuums easily, tired bodies sleep, and joyful children deserve magic in their lives.
There are enough natural limits and constraints in this world and society that we live in. I ask my children to be respectful and kind to the best of their abilities in their interactions, but I love to find ways to enable them to find magic and joy in their lives. So, while I don't consider that anything goes in my parenting philosophy, I choose to live by principles rather than rules. (This links to a page from Sandra Dodd's unschooling site about rules vs. principles).
*This post is linked over at Owlet's unschool monday.