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7 Smart ''Unschooling'' Tips to Practice Now — Even If Your Child Is in ''Regular'' School

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5. Community: Surround Your Child with Inspiring Peers


"Children need to be socialized," according to Aldrich in Unschooling Rules. "They need to spend time with peers and adults that is both positive and productive." Most children grow up seeing adults mainly as authority figures — the people who could punish or correct them at any moment rather than the people who could inform and excite them about the world.

Aldrich advises exposing your child to adults in situations where they can be seen as peers. "Look for people within your own network of friends who have common interests with your child," Aldrich said. For example, if your child loves buildings, introduce him to an architect. Let kids and adults mix and mingle from time to time rather than only having "adult parties" and "kid parties," he said.

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