Rejecting conformity and other lessons learnt as an unschooling parent

We had ignored our anxieties and meltdowns long enough. Now we would pay attention to what our body and mind were telling us. Our children would guide us.

After wasting precious time at my work desk, unable to decide the first line for this newsletter—the clever opening that would hook the reader—I wandered away to take out the washed load of laundry from the washing machine. It is still early for everyone else to be awake. I check on the other morning person in our family—Scarlet, our dog. She is curled up in a cool spot. I safely tiptoe back to my desk. From the balcony, I check on the five cats who live with us. They are beautiful and mesmerizing and resting on the parapet wall after …


Natasha Badhwar

Natasha is a writer, filmmaker and communications coach. She is the author of the popular memoirs My Daughters’ Mum and Immortal for a Moment. Her columns have appeared in publications such as Mint Lounge, The Hindu, Outlook, The Globe and Mail, The Indian Express, the Hindustan Times and Quint.