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Freedom Schooling: An interview by Peggy Hall with Andrea Olson

Have you wanted to check out homeschooling but wondered how to fit “all the things” into your already busy days? Are you worried you won't be able to juggle multiple kids, or toddlers in the mix? Need help navigating your state's regulations (or even where to find them?)? You do NOT want to miss this JAM-PACKED interview!!

Peggy and I share how ANYONE, ANYWHERE can start giving their child/ren the gift of an empowering, engaging, life-long learning experience RIGHT NOW. (This is the SAME method I use with my kids, while also running three businesses!) And yes, we answer the socialization question!

PLEASE NOTE: I staunchly believe that parents are the best people to decide what's in their own childrens' best interests. Peggy (and yours truly!) touch quite a bit on FREEDOM in this episode, including how that relates to all the stuff that's been a huge part of everyone's life, lately. If those topics aren't your cup of tea, feel free to skip listening to the episode and jump right to the resource section for all the links homeschooling, curriculum, focus time, and work-from-home! No hard feelings, no judgment.

You will hear:

  • Peggy's fire for helping parents start homeschooling
  • Andrea's story of homeschooling her 5 kids
  • why this topic is so important, even if your child is just an infant!
  • how EC empowered Andrea to homeschool
  • homeschooling's gift of independence and confidence
  • how marketing, from diapers to other products, influences our choices for our children
  • how EC (and freeschooling!) dissolves emotional distress, empowers children and frees parents
  • what steps to take to form your own community so you don't feel alone
  • why using a curriculum is totally ok, even if you're freeschooling
  • what is a Morning Basket, and why it is the most awesome piece of your day
  • how to use Focus Time to maximize your efforts while minimizing “schooling” time
  • why this is not about stuffing your day with “things to do” (and how to combat that mindtrap)
  • how to interpret parent overwhelm and child resistance and pivot for success!
  • the big socialization question
  • how to slow down and be present before the days fly by
  • ...and so many resources for your toolkit!

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I look forward to discussing with you in the comments, below!

xx Andrea

Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 12 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Amanda on February 16, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Not currently homeschooling (I’m a part time teacher in a small private school, actually!), but I AM a homeschool grad. If you are interested in homeschooling, don’t let anyone scare you into thinking you won’t be able to do a good job. I think I turned out ok. :)

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 3, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you for tuning in, and thank you for being an educator!

  2. Avatar Christine Heaton on February 16, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Loved this! I was one of those who thought you always homeschooled. It’s the crunchy mom stereotype. Shame on me! I loved hearing about your day to day and the resources and co ops. My baby is still really little, but this was amazing food for thought. I want to continue this bond we’ve made over EC and other things into the rest of childhood and life. What a great way to look at it!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 3, 2022 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much for giving this a listen!

  3. Avatar Celine on February 16, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Wow!!! Andrea!!!! I had no idea you were on the same page with this!! Also didn’t realize you were spiritual too. I have an 14 month old, we’ve been doing verrrryyyyy loose EC (I catch about 80% of the poos) but I’m reinspired to go back over all your content and get her wrapped up asap. Thank you so much for putting this out there, speaking your truth, and fight this most important fight of our lives.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 3, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you! I’m so happy this helped inspire you!

  4. Avatar Kimberly on February 17, 2022 at 1:55 am

    As a previous K-12 educator, I have really seen just how much public schools can hinder the learning of students. Many of the students I taught did not have a love of learning and that was just heartbreaking. And from personal experience, it took me a looong time to regain my love for learning. It was several years after I had graduated college. And I completely agree that you don’t have to be a licensed educator to be able to homeschool your kiddos. In fact, I have found it to be even a bit of a road block, as there are things I, myself, have to unlearn. Thanks so much for sharing this. Just what I needed. Thank you for your unapologetic beliefs.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 3, 2022 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you for being an educator!

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