A Path of Their Own:
Helping Children to Educate Themselves
A Path of their Own introduces the groundbreaking
concept of “radical respect” as the cornerstone of
compassionate parenting and the foundation for an
enriched alternative education. When children are deeply
respected — seen as they are, and not as we might wish them
to be — they flourish, both emotionally and intellectually.
Respectful parenting encourages children to trust their own
instincts and to pursue their individual passions and curiosities,
allowing them to grow up to be creative, resilient and
inner-directed adults who stay open and engaged with the world throughout their lives.
Sharing stories from her own experience, as well as journal entries from her years of parenting, Lael Whitehead explains how she took her children out of school and let them learn from life in a natural, self-directed way, without curriculum, grades, discipline or rewards. She candidly shares their journey, thoughts and feelings along the way.
"A richly rewarding, life-affirming book. Highly recommended!
-- Raffi, children's troubadour, author, founder of Child Honouring
"This book challenged my ideas of education: how children learn and how to trust their interests. It got me looking at my kids from outside of the "school" box.."
-- Lisa Marie Fletcher, The Canadian Homeschooler
"This is the best unschooling book I've ever read, and I've read a whack!"
-- Gillian Mayer, veteran homelearning activist and mother of two
Now available to order through your local bookstore!
- a novel for children
Kaya Stormchild, an orphan, lives alone on a wild island in the Salish Sea. Well, not quite alone. She has a Grandmother, a stately bald eagle, and Tike, a feisty young otter, for company. And she has just made a new friend; a boy, named Josh, from a nearby island.
Life is pleasant and peaceful until one day Kaya learns that her eagle friends are being killed by a pair of evil bounty hunters. To make matters worse, the magical Omrith has gone missing! Without the Omrith, the ancient mystical rites of the Salish Sea cannot take place.
Will Kaya be able to stop the criminals? Will she and her friends discover what has become of the Omrith? The fate of all the folk of the Salish Sea rests in her hands.
Set in a landscape evocative of British Columbia's southern coast, Kaya Stormchild is a gripping adventure story imbued with an earth-centred spirituality.