Unschooled homeschooling dad

 The end of an era

Unschooled homeschooling dad is coming to the end of his year as a full-time teacher. It has been an adventure, to say the least. I am so grateful to have spent the time with my boys and having a part in their education. It has not always been easy. My two sons are just as strong-willed as I was in my youth. This meant things didn’t always run all that smoothly.

We tend to clash often, but our love for each other continues to grow. We are learning so many life skills together and discovering much of what life has to offer, both good and bad. As I type this, I become aware of just how proud I am of these two amazing young men.

Unschooled homeschooling dad
learning and growing together

Unschooled homeschooling dad

Due to circumstances, I took the challenge of home educating my children. While my wife used the time building her business and working full time, I committed to a year of teaching, learning, and self-discovery. Unschooled homeschooling dad has found a thirst for knowledge that I never had in the institutional school system.

I’ve truly stretched myself in tackling problems and formulas that I either forgot or never actually learned in my school days. I can see how my desire to learn and do research has positively influenced my sons to do the same. I have very little schooling due to my rebelliousness back in the day. Only after the age of 40 did I start to pursue my interests in mental health coaching.

Open minds

If there is one thing that I have noticed in my boy’s as a direct result of been homeschooled, it is their open-mindedness. In my first book, Free I Am, I went into a lot more detail on the benefits of a home educated family. Whether homeschooling or unschooling, these kids are by no means just another brick in the wall. They do not simply conform to the system but question everything.

Unschooled homeschooling dad has also experienced growth during this family learning period. I have made a pact with myself to never stop learning, as long as I live. We are living in an era where information is literally at our fingertips.

For those who have their doubts about the unschooling philosophy, don’t worry, I do too. Having said that, I can not deny the fact that those kids who are unschooling have ways and means of receiving a more natural education than I ever did as a young boy. It is not easy being a minority, especially when it comes to challenging the status quo. I commend all those brave parents who have chosen what is best for their families even when facing opposition.

Unschooled homeschooling dad
open minds

Looking to the future

There are philosophers, psychologists, and many great minds speaking out against the educational system. This outdated system has not seen a major upgrade in more than 100 years. How do you apply such a system to an ever-changing world?

We are in a time where artificial intelligence is taking over millions of jobs. Some say as much as 800 million workers will be replaced by A.I. within the next 15 years.  I honestly can’t see how conventional schooling can effectively equip our kids for what is about to happen.

All that makes sense to me at this point is to encourage my boys in whatever subject truly interests them. I would rather have my kid excel at coding than just scraping by in history and other subjects that he has no passion for. Its time to start living outside the box.

Unschooled homeschooling dad
gearing up for the future

Living life to the fullest

Life is short and unpredictable. Unschooled homeschooling dad has come to realize nothing is permanent. We are on this earth for such a short time and never know when our time is up. I want to make the most of the time I do have with my family and treasure every minute of it.

As a family, we have structured our lives in a way that gives us the freedom we deserve. My wife is now teaching English online and working as a holistic nutritionist and together we run affiliate websites that will eventually provide us with passive income. Even my oldest son has his own online presence and is currently monetizing his various platforms.

I hope this brief article inspires those who are considering the homeschool option. There are many groups on social media that are sharing ideas, resources and providing a support system for each other. Please leave a comment below and share a bit of your own journey with us.

Stay well,

Robert [ aka Cape Trader ]

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Mental health gym

Maintaining mental wellness

Mental health gym and the importance of maintaining our mental health is no mystery to most people. We all realize our need to think clearly and have a peaceful mind. The only problem is, we are not sure how to maintain a positive mental state. Many of us are plagued by ongoing negative thoughts and various degrees of feeling stuck.

The feeling of being stuck is synonymous with many mental health issues. I don’t want to delve into the long list of psychological disorders. For this article, I want to concentrate on practical, day to day exercises that can improve our mental state. Mental health gym is what I call it.

Mental health gym
working at maintaining our mental wellness

Mental health gym

Yes, there are DIY ways of taking care of our mental health. Taking the necessary steps to address certain presenting issues will often mean talking to a professional or a mental health coach. Sometimes our situation will seem beyond our control and cognitive therapy will help to regain control over lives.

Mental health gym exercises range from a walk in the park with your dog to reading self-help books. I can’t emphasize the importance of exercise enough when it comes to our mental well-being. Regardless of our physical abilities, there is always something we can do to help release endorphins and distract us from what is causing distress. Yoga is my first suggestion when it comes to stress reduction through body movement.

Practicing mindfulness and stress reduction techniques will greatly assist in restoring our mental health. There are some helpful articles on the Monkeymind website that can steer you back on track.


There is so much we can do to improve our mental state by eating right. Mental health gym hack number 1, get your nutrition right! Educate yourself on vitamins and minerals that help produce serotonin and reduce stress. You will be doing yourself a great favor by connecting with a qualified nutritionist. I recommend reaching out to barbara@plantbasednutrition.guru for nutritional counseling.

Mental health gym
start with getting our nutrition right

Mental health toolbox

We are dealing with a complexed mind that is constantly being subjected to various stimuli and programs. To get the best possible outcome, we need to do more than just talk-therapy to achieve results. Fill up that mental health toolbox with as many different therapeutic tools as possible.

Mental health gym workouts consist of working on our perception of life and addressing our distorted thought patterns. There are so many excellent books out there that can help bring light into the dark areas of our mind. The Monkeymind bookshop has a great selection of self-help titles to add to that toolbox.

Mental health gym
how we perceive life

Hopefully, soon, our mental health will be given the same attention as any other part of our body experiencing trauma. Far too often people are waiting until there are serious symptoms before seeking help. There are many reasons for this.  If you are unsure where to begin, reach out to a mental health coach that can guide you along.

I hope this article is helpful and encouraging. There are plenty of resources available with many different modalities. If you prefer the anonymity and convenience of online coaching, then go to www.monkeymind.co.za

Stay well,

Robert [ aka Cape Trader ]

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