About the Parent Clan

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We are the Parent Clan- originally from southern New Hampshire, we spent 3 years in north central Texas before taking to the road in July of 2010 in our 39 foot RV for a life of travel and continued connection.  This blog is a chronicle of our exciting adventures as an unschooling, free living family as we explore ourselves, each other, and our world! 

We are a family of 4 humans and 2 dogs sharing minimal square footage and maximal love of exploration and togetherness.  How better to fulfill these two than to release ourselves from the physical and financial tethers of suburbia and pursue our passions?

Sarah podcasts and writes about unschooling (radical and otherwise), connected parenting/partnering/family living, and breaking into a life of freedom and joy at:  She is a devoted and joyful mother, cook, playmate, and soulmate.  She is the former co-owner/co-publisher of Rethinking Everything Magazine and is now steeped in enjoying each moment, re-discovering her self, and loving what is.  As a former Registered Nurse of 12 years who has completely RE-thought health and the human condition, Sarah has attained a deep understanding of the fundamentals of joyful health and wellness that goes way beyond, and even undermines, much of what is traditional thought, taught, and followed in Western medicine. 

Chris’ process of growth has most evidently resulted in the transition from cubicle professional to traveling online professor in business and network technologies for several universities.  The journey has not stopped there, however.  With increased time and headspace comes the energy and desire to dig deeper.  And he does… daily.  He speaks about conscious evolution and unschooling from the male perspective, shares how he escaped corporate slavery, and provides technological solutions for home and mobile A/V and networking.

Elijah (9 years) and Sadie (7.5 years) are truly authentic beings.  They live according to a community code of conduct rather than sets of behavioral rules.  Because of the distinct lack of manipulative and coercive parenting techniques, they do only what feels good (treating others well feels good) and constantly amaze those around them with their bright personalities, acute awareness of others and their surroundings, and sharp intellect. 

We’re looking forward to connecting with you!


17 responses to “About the Parent Clan

  1. Daran Godfrey

    May 14, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Hey y’all,

    I hope all is going well with the Parent Clan! We haven’t spoken to you guys in a while, but it looks like plenty is going on in your world. The kids look amazing and are growing like weeds! Must be all of that Texas sun…

    Graysen is skateboarding and has just started riding his Haro BMX bike sans training wheels about 2 weeks ago. I knew he was a chip off the block — but at 3? Geez…I think I will be chasing after him very soon. Kaili is a horsewoman and is mastering the canter. She will be jumping wihin the next 2 weeks and getting ready for her first show this summer. I never realized how time goes so quickly.

    It’s great to see your family grow and it looks like you are having tons of fun – that is what it is all about, right?

    Hopefully, we will see you all very soon and catch up in person.

    Daran, Keri, Kaili and Graysen

  2. kim

    August 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Hi Sarah, I was looking for an email link but can’t find one. Enjoying your podcast. I also do an unschooling podcast on blogtalk radio. I’d be interested in interviewing you on unschooling food for an upcoming show.

  3. michelle

    September 8, 2008 at 8:29 am

    hey sarah, michelle here from RE. my daughter mica who was playing with your daughter sadie sun. aft. at the conference (they went around taking pictures) wanted to know how sadie was doing. peace, michelle

  4. Angela Bowles

    October 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Wow! I love your site! Very good idea! It is great that Sadie is learning music at such a young age! I was enrolled into private piano lessons at age four, and have been addicted to it ever since! I am totally a fan of starting the children out young! I now teach piano lessons to children, and it thrills me to see children taking up any kind of instrument! Keep up the good work, Sadie!

  5. Erin

    November 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    We’re in the Arlington area and I just had to say how excited I am to see other unschoolers really do live around here!!! I have really enjoyed your blog and will be listening to your unschooling podcast later today (someone on an unschooling yahoo group gave me the link). Anyway, thanks for all you’re doing and sharing.


  6. Kerry

    January 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I just found your blog through you article on I am loving this, your article, your site. Can’t wait to read more.

  7. Christina

    March 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I would love to hear how your children behave when their teenagers and adults. No judgment passed. Just very curious how they will respond to reality, since in reality we are held to a higher authority, whether it be government, employer, police, etc, and whether you have consider this in your parenting style. What methods are you using to teach your children to respect authority.

    • Sarah

      March 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      Christina- Our children respond to authority everyday. It is a misconception that school teaches children how to function in ‘reality.’ An institutional setting in which their every behavior and action is dictated by someone else’s mandate/schedule is certainly not helpful in ‘teaching’ them to interact independently and with consideration of natural and societal consequences.
      There is no bubble in unschooling. Our children function in the ‘real world’ every day with people of all ages maintaining their personal integrity while considering the needs/desires of others. It is interesting that children/people are assumed to be rogue or disrespectful when not institutionally molded. In actuality, humans are social beings who respond quickly and intelligently when guided either through discussion or observation to behave socially appropriately in any variety of settings and circumstances.
      We do question authority and I would encourage this of everyone. This does not mean that we intentionally buck the system just for it’s own sake. Rather, we carefully consider the rationality of rules, laws, etc. and the responsibility and consequences we assume when we decide either to abide by them or not.
      Please check out my podcasts, ponderings, and abundant resources over at:

  8. Scoutk21

    March 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Sarah, I have Radical Parenting on my DVR and was fortunate to see the episode that featured this concept. I have never heard of it before. After watching the show, my wife and I discussed the pros and cons of your approach to parenting. One question that kept coming up was one of income. As I understand this method, it requires a lot of time from both you and your husband who play an equal part in educating or un-schooling your children. Do you mind me asking how your household generates income? I am not asking for specifics. I am curious to know how you are both able to share equally in this parenting method. The show went into a little detail about your background in nursing but I have to assume that both mother and father are staying at home. Could you please shed some light on this for me?

    • Sarah

      March 29, 2010 at 8:01 am

      The question of income has come up other places as well. Because this was a 20-minute segment filmed over a 3-day weekend, they chose not to focus on our professional endeavors. They are actually a very important way that our kids learn so that was unfortunate. There is only so much content that can be jammed into such a short period of time. My husband is in his 12th year as a network administrator for a major investment company. He works from home primarily which allows additional time with the children. I am primarily with the kids during the weekdays. Most unschool families have this sort of set-up. We are working to a point in which we are financially self-sufficient. Chris is looking into adjunct professorships (remote/online). I podcast and write about unschooling/connected parenting at: and co-publish a new magazine:
      There is so much more to know about unschooling that was only grazed in the episode. Please check out my Humans Being website for lots of talk about how we got here, our responses to the show, and a wealth of linked resources/book suggestions.
      Thanks for the question!

  9. Laura C

    May 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Found your blog after searching for other amigurumi makers in wordpress! Cute octopi, hehehe.

    I didnt know about the concept of unschooling until I read your blog. A crazy coincidence b/c I just saw yesterday a trailer for a documentary on how the public school system in America mostly isnt working for our children (it had me in tears and it was just the preview!)
    Anyway, great blog and I hope to be back soon!

    • Sarah

      May 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      I’ve also made a cute penguin since but may have lost my ami motivation for the time being.

      I have a LOT more information and links on my unschooling advocacy and podcast blog
      Feel free to friend me on Facebook or follow on Twitter. I love to talk about organic learning and living. 🙂

  10. Ellie Hogue

    June 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Hi there! My name is Ellie Hogue and I’m a reporter for WBAP news radio. I’m working on a story about unschooling – a trend I just recently learned about – and was looking for some local unschoolers to interview. Please feel free to email me if you’re able to help. Thanks.

  11. Vic Vegas

    September 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I have looked at your blog with interest and initially supported what you are doing. However, my reaction to what I have read is that you parents are fairly irresponsible. You and your husband appear to have impressive credentials, but only for the world you appear to be trying to escape. Your husband never considered that it might be prudent to learn something about mechanics before dragging his family on a road trip in what appears to be a POC RV? Ever hear of Chilton’s dad? Good lord, crawling around under the RV and never discovering that an oil pan drain plug is loose? Good thing you have medical experience, you will probably need it.

    And what about your children? I like the concept of ‘unschooling’ and don’t like traditional schooling. However, do you really think that unschooling is going to adequately prepare them for a world that is created for and typically requires a greater knowledge of culture than what they might encounter ‘on the road’ or what you choose for them to be learn? What about their social interactions with children their ages? Is this going to happen at road houses, truck stops, or visits with friends as you travel? Come on.

    I’m sorry I sound mean. But you folks seem to have all of the carefree attitude that characterized hippies of the late sixties without any of the truly forward thinking of the 21st century. You should have all of the knowledge required to enable you to live the way you think you want to without having to rely on trusting kind hearted people to bail you out whenever things go wrong. You have been lucky so far. You might not always be.

    You sound like so many people out there who possibly saved some money, are relying on investments for continued income, thought you had a groovy idea and decided to act upon it without really thinking it through, and have absolutely no idea where all this is going to end.

    I sincerely hope your reckless actions don’t ultimately result in your children being harmed in any way. You look like you are probably in your early to mid 30’s and it would be terrible to have so many years left to spend regretting the decisions you have made today.

    I only say these things as a parent of two young children. My wife and I too would love to live a carefree lifestyle, give up our careers and live off the grid. But the reality is, it is more work than you can possibly imagine. You apparently have lots of money saved to finance your adventure, and possibly some investments. It is frankly amazing that with the uncertainty of the present economy, you would think this is a good time to do something like this.

    It would be nice too if your writing style was a bit more professional, rather than sounding like a bored housewife talking on the phone with her girlfriend.

    The road of life is fraught with dangers of all kinds. To head down it with two children in tow behind a POC RV without due regard for their safety and education other than ‘school of hard knocks’ is irresponsible. If you didn’t have the kids with you, I’d say, “more power to you.” But ultimately, I think you are going to have a lot more problems than a stuck brake on a bicycle or a loose drain pan plug. The problems are going to be great and might even drain your finances faster than that loose oil pan drain plug leaked oil.

    Good luck. You’re going to need it.

    • Sarah

      September 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      Wow, Vic. You’ve obviously put a lot of thought and anger into this comment so I guess I should take a few moments from my life as a bored housewife to reply. First, I find it very interesting that our lifestyle and choices would cause this much emotion in someone for whom they have no personal impact. If what we’re doing is so bothersome to you, please stop reading the blog. We believe wholeheartedly in living a life filled with opportunity, joy, and intention and certainly encourage others to only do what feels good and right. Have our choices struck a chord because you have a desire to live other than you are currently?

      As for the children, they have chosen this journey with us and make the choice everyday. Our life of respecting, honoring, and facilitating our children is what has led us to travel and experience with them. Just as they are free to choose to go to school, they are free to communicate with us that this lifestyle is not working for them. Thus far, they proclaim it to be an exciting adventure and love being able to spend so much undivided time with their parents. I find it strange that you’re picturing my kids playing at a truck stop when you’re clearly responding to my last post on the blog (albeit in the wrong place) about our kids playing in a beautiful city park/campground with other free, intelligent, and loving children. It’s a little twisted, actually, and punctuates your desire to paint a picture that what we are doing is irresponsible when, in reality, it is more fulfilling both socially and intellectually than living in suburbia had ever been.

      You’ve made many assumptions here that are frankly not worth addressing because if you were honestly seeking information, you would have inquired first before judging. How we make this happen financially is actually an interesting conversation. The conclusions you have drawn are clearly from your own personal bias and financial fear. As you have noted, Chris and I do have impressive credentials. If there was one thing all that schooling taught us, it was how to research, integrate, and apply new knowledge. There is a quote:
      “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein
      Being a mechanic is not a pre-requisite for living in an RV; just as being a plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc. are not pre-requisites for owning a home. When we have a problem, we ask around. It’s the beauty of community- we all having something to offer from our own areas of expertise.

      As we were chatting recently with best-selling author and world traveler John Strelecky, he so accurately noted, “Most people suffer from Mad-How Disease.” They’ll never live their dreams because they choose to spend their time wondering ‘how’ rather than taking strides to make it happen. I hope you feel better soon.

  12. creasyclan

    September 30, 2010 at 9:27 am


    Brian here of the CreasyClan. More power to you. People, as in Vic Vegas, are often not willing to place what they believe is the ‘right’ thing to do in front of their financial fears. Maybe they just have a skewed perspective of priorities. It is sad for them.

    We love reading your information, are inspired by your thoughts and lifestyle and hope that we can meet you along the way – currently in Las Vegas and hanging around the Southwest for a month or so.

  13. Alice

    March 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I found this summer adventure tour camp for unschooling teens:


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