Despite our professed love of freedom, deep in our hearts most unschooling parents hope that our kids will choose to do really interesting things with all that free time, such as volunteering to restore salmon streams or writing an outer space travel blog or inventing new ways to turn plastic garbage back into energy. But what if they don't? What if all they want to do is play video games and surf Reddit? Here's where initiative comes in. We'll talk about the roots of ambition - what it looks like and how to help our kids find their own. Learn how intrinsic motivation, modeling, habits, and freedom all fit together to inspire a life off the couch.
Author of Legendary Learning: The Famous Homeschoolers' Guide to Self-Directed Excellence and co-creator of OLLY, the Organized Life and Learning Yearbook app for Mac and iPad. Jamie graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and spent five years working with buoys and other aids to navigation in Texas and Alaska before switching to full-time motherhood - and homeschooling her three kids for the next fifteen years. She is passionately interested in the power of self-directed learning and creativity, not only as a healthy whole way for children to grow but as a force for positive change in the world.