Unschooling Motherhood

Reference: von Benzon, Nadia (2020). Unschooling motherhood: Caring and belonging in mothers’ time-space. Gender, Place, and Culture. Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0966369X.2020.1784100

In this article, von Benzon reviews the life worlds of unschooling mothers, reviewing 14 blogs authored by unschooling moms residing in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K.

The author highlighted three main findings:

  1. Unschooling was a “Time – Cost” for mothers, as unschooling moms spent a significant amount of time not only caring for, but educating their children
  2. However, unschooling also created a “Time Liberation” for mothers, as they got to live their lives outside the traditional school schedule. This gives unschooling mothers the ability to maximize the time they are able to spend with their children, and also allows them to travel freely both locally and internationally.
  3. Unschooling blogs were “Time Marking”, allowing mothers to experience time uniquely through documentation on their blogs. Blogging also gave unschooling mothers the ability to create a sense of belonging and identity through social media platforms.

It is essential to note that the authors of these blogs were not informed of their participation. The author felt no need to do so, as she was a “lurker”, and not a commenter/participant within the blog. The author also kept the blogs she compiled data from anonymous.

Overall – it is an interesting piece, especially considering the discussion of the “Time Cost” of unschooling for mothers in particular.

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