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Freedom, Choice and an Abundant Lifestyle
© Beverley Paine, 2004
I believe an abundant joyful life isn't about only freedom of choice... it's about responsibility. I'm wary of the word freedom, and the word choice. I think both can be really misleading. And easily corrupted. So we have responsibilities. We base our philosophy around meeting our survival needs as simply as possible (something we frequently fail to do as life becomes unnecessarily complex each day!) - surviving means learning how to be responsible both as individuals and as community members.
Freedom and choice seem more like luxuries to me... we can afford them when the basic responsibilities of life are met. Therefore they aren't that essential... so we don't aim for them. I find it eliminates a lot of the issues people seem to have with other. Abundance happens when we learn to go with the flow - allow nature (our natures) to guide us. When we trust in the natural way of being. Joy is taking a breath and thinking, wow, I'm taking a breath.
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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