Independence Day, by Carrie Jay Sayer


One year ago, I inspired Ben to walk away from corporate America.


A little background: I used to dream small. I wished for a job that had casual Fridays. I prayed for snow days. I wanted someone to rescue me. I was stuck in the victim role for decades.


I got sick of giving away my power. I was waiting for someone to take care of me. When I met Ben, everything changed. Ben and I simultaneously take care of each other and ourselves. We are kindred spirits. We inspire each other. We trust each other. We share life philosophy with a foundation in unschooling.


Ben and I have been unschoolers since before Logan and Paige were born. We knew we wanted to spend as much time as possible with our kids. We refused to throw them to the wolves and participate in the artificial, rigid, rule-ridden world of institutionalized education.


Our children were the first in our family to be free. I birthed both naturally. They breastfed for years as needed and desired. I wore them as they wished. Ben and I embraced Connection Parenting, an extension of attachment parenting. Logan and Paige eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired, speak when they have something to say, and are quiet when they don’t. Their hair is long, their days are usually spent naked, and they choose their own snacks and meals. They play games together and alone, as they wish. Instead of predicting what Logan and Paige will need when they “enter the real world,” our family instead chooses to experience life together in the present moment, side-by-side.


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One Response to Independence Day, by Carrie Jay Sayer

  1. Justiel Hunter on January 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

    What a beautiful way to live. You are giving your children so much. To be nurtured and treasured by ones parent is a gift beyond compare. You are inspirational!