Let's see. Energy balls are the perfect protein-packed sweet snack, and they're fun to roll together for play dough lovers. Our latest batch was dates, mixed dried fruit, pumpkin, sunflower, and flax seeds, peanut butter, and a slice of apple whizzed together in the food processor until crumbly, yet moist. I added raw cacao nibs to half of the batch. Ayla and Sylvia then squeezed and rolled them into balls all set for the refrigerator. Simple and yummy.Clean has one with lots of options for variations. I usually just wing it.
One thing that I absolutely love about our unschooling lifestyle is that children can feel very free to explore, not only their unique interests, but also expressive appearances, without fear of teasing or retribution of any kind. If Camille wants to shift from looking like Laura Ingalls Wilder, more often than not, to a funky expression of her own, she need only ask, and direct the scissors in my hand! For the record, a beard trimmer works just fine to buzz short hair.
Art can be created en plein air.
The living room can be converted to several play forts for neighboring sisters.
"I don't want to share right now."
Music can be played, and hoops hooped. Owls can be hooted back at, and coyote calls returned with a howl. Fireflies can be chased and darkening skies watched until stars pop magically into view. And when a three-year-old says, "I don't want to mate with that owl," everyone can just laugh. Simple, as that.
By slowly releasing the need to control our children, we can help them learn and grow and thrive and respect differences and negotiate difficulties and have fun while doing so. It takes a lot of attention and presence. It takes creativity and a sense of humor and a willingness to apologize when we don't measure up to our own ideals, but ye gads, it can make for a satisfying, sparkly life.