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Unschooling Mentoring Sessions

Are you interested in Unschooling?

Do you need help with how to start unschooling?

Are you searching for support and understanding while moving towards this new way of being with your children?

Unschooling is not a trend or an ideology; it is a framework of connection, respect and trust between children and their parents. It also about more than educating at home, it is a lifestyle of learning through living and a deep understanding that the two are never seperate.

I know it can seem overwhelming to decide to take the leap into your own unschooling journey, and that is why I’m here! I’m here to be your support person, your sounding board, your information and resource centre and your guide, as you re-condition your beliefs about living with and educating children.

This is the sort of service I wish was around 5 years ago when I was doing the bulk of my research. I had so many questions and concerns and I had very few people to turn to. If you’re in that situation, please know, you’ve got me now!

I’ve been in your shoes and I know all your worries, I can be there alongside you as you discover this lifestyle for yourself. If you feel in your heart that unschooling is right for your family, then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or the contact form for a free, no obligation 15 minute Skype Discovery Session where we can get to know each other better.

I felt called to offer these sessions because even though there is a plethora of parenting advice and information on the internet, there is often little to no support to make those positive changes we desire to make in our parenting journeys. It can feel incredibly overwhelming, especially so if the responses to your decisions from family and friends are negative and critical – this is where true, emphatic support is invaluable.

 I am so happy to now be able to offer a personalised one-on-one Mentoring Session for only $70 per call, where I can focus solely on you and your unique experiences.

We will connect via a Skype Call and I will offer you real-life support with all your Unschooling questions and concerns. You can always add on sessions if you feel you would like more support and I do offer a 90 day package for those of you who would like consistent weekly support.

During the Mentoring Sessions, I offer you the knowledge I have learned over the last seven years of reading and research combined with my degree in Human Services which helps me see the bigger picture – the social conditioning and outside systems – that make an impact  on all our lives. More than that though, I offer you my experience and guidance as a woman and mama, and although I am not an expert (and will never claim to be), I am here to be the friend and support that you may not have in your every day life.

If you feel that you are ready to step into a more connected and conscious way to parent and educate and you like what you see here, contact me for all the session and investment details. I look forward to connecting with you, and working together to create your best possible life for you and your family.

Email me at hello@hippyhappymama.com or use the contact form below.

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Testimonials

Dear Andi, I would like to express my gratitude for the ideas and support you have provided for me and my family on our conscious parenting journey. Over the years I have come to you will all sorts of concerns and dilemmas. Your support, encouragement and advice has always been so helpful. You seem to have a natural ability to see clearly and different perspectives on a situation, where I would be feeling overwhelmed, lost and confused. Your advice hasn’t just help my connection with and understanding of my children but also helped me sort out a lot of ‘stuff’ that’s been going on inside of me. I can see now that my children are a reflection of what’s going on for me at the times when things aren’t flowing.  This realisation has set me free and we’re all enjoying the journey of a heart to heart communication as a family. My hope is for all families to become aware of the deep connection that is available to them through conscious parenting. Thank you.  
K.H. QLD.

Every now and then there are moments in your life where you think “Geez, if I hadn’t had that conversation I don’t know where we would’ve ended up?!” This has happened twice to me since meeting Andi. I am a pretty confident, independent woman but for some reason I really struggled to incorporate this aspect of myself into my parenting. I doubted so many of the decisions I made early on in my daughters life because they weren’t socially conventional. Fortunately, by chance, I met Andi and her family and she provided me with the support and information I needed to help me gain confidence as a parent. Andi’s reflective and questioning nature means she is full of insight and information that has been such a gift to my family and me. It’s not every day you meet a mama who is so switched on, informed and passionate about parenting the way that Andi is. I have seen first hand how her experience and understanding has helped families really learn to enjoy each other and the lives they live together. If you have any questions about authentic parenting, conscious parenting, unschooling, natural birthing (to name just a few), a session with Andi would be well worth your time!!  – Bel, Tash and Lex , VIC.[contact_form]

January Photo A Day Grateful Project – Day 16

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Daisy, if you’re reading this now, I hope you know how much your brother loves you. And if you don’t, well then all you need to do is look at this photo!

I’m so grateful to have such a cuddly little boy as one of my three children. I am not a very affectionate person so this sort of display of love is at once beautiful and yet almost foreign to me. But this boy is always teaching me something and his ever loving nature is something I dearly admire.

Profile of a 5 year old!

Happy 5th Birthday Hannah Kate!!!

Favourite Colour? – Purple AND pink.

Favourite Letter? – H.

Favourite Number? – 5.

Favourite Book? – Maisy Books and Sleeping Beauty.

Favourite Song? – Gangnam Style by Psy.

Favourite TV show? – Peppa Pig.

What do you want to be when you grow up? – A fairy.

What is your favourite animal? – Cat.

What is your favourite food? – Curly Pasta.

Who is your best friend? – Priya.

Where is your favourite place to go? – To the beach.

What is your favouite thing to do? – Playing on the trampoline.

What is your favourite thing to do with Daddy? – Doing jumping tricks on the trampoline.

What is your favourite thing to do with Mama? – Playing a game with mummy.

What is your favourite thing to do with Blake? – Read books, playing together, and making Daisy happy.

What is your favourite thing to do with Daisy? Read her books and change her nappy.

What is your favourite toy? – Fairy doll.

What birthday present did you love the most? – New bike and sewing kit.

What makes you happy? – Being tickled.

What makes you sad? – When Grandma and Grandpa went on their holiday overseas.

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Funny Things You’ve Said Over the Past Year

B: Wat’s dat?
H: It’s a mermaid. She takes her clothes off and goes swimming. That’s what a mermaid does. (06/09/12)

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Me to Blake: Are you a boy?
Blake: No!
Me: Are you a girl?
Blake: Yeah, I a girl!
Hannah: You’re not a girl Blake! You don’t have long hair! (16/11/12)

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Hannah (while watching Playschool): “Wow, that was impressive!” (21/11/12)

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Hannah –”But Mama, dancers don’t have to pick their tissues up.” 11/01/13

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Hannah: How long does it take for the baby to grow and be ready to come out?

Me: Well, it takes 9 months altogether. The baby is nearly 4 months so we still have 5 months to go.

Hannah: Are you kidding mummy?!! (24/02/13)

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Hannah while unwrapping a party gift – “I cannot wait to see what is inside, I think it is something so special. It’s a bunting, Blake, look a bunting for a celebration! We can have lots of special celebrations with our bunting!” (18/06/13)

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H – “Can someone get me some tomato sauce?’ (looking straight at me, eyebrows raised)
Me – “You can get it”
H – “GOODNESS ME!” (hops of her chair, rolling her eyes) (09/07/13)

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H: Mum my feet are salty.
Me: Salty?!!
H: (Getting distressed) They’re sprinkley, really SPRINKLEY MUM!
Me: Do you mean wrinkley? Why what’s happened?
H: I was sitting on my knees colouring and now my feet are salty and sprinkley and wrinkley mama.
Me: Oh you have pins and needles in your feet from sitting on your knees….” (12/07/13)

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Me: When you’re sleeping at night do you have dreams?
H: Oh yes, I have lots of dreams all the time.
Me: What do you dream about?
H: I dream about fairies and princesses and that I am a princess and I have long hair for the prince to climb up and find me and kiss me and we get married. And I dream of a fairy coming and leaving me a coin when I lose my tooth. (01/08/13)

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Dearest Hannah, on your 5th birthday…

Dearest Hannah,

My girl.

My dearest, darling daughter.

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How blessed I am to be your mama.

I always felt that I would enjoy parenting you during this age and I was right. I love your independance, your capacity for speech and story-telling, your seriously strong desire to learn and constantly improve, and your keen interest in the world around us. You impress me and make me smile each and every day. You really are something special.

You are turning 5 Hannah. Oh how has it been 5 years already since you slipped into the world? You are growing up. Faster than I could have imagined you are growing into the girl you were always meant to be. You are thoughtful, helpful, caring, affectionate, indpendent, compassionate, clever, sweet, friendly and such a joy to be around. I am so proud of you all the time, there is nothing more that you could do to make me happier to be travelling alongside this journey with you.

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Since your baby sister was born it has taken me back in time five years to when you were a newborn. It’s made me ache to hold your little body in my arms one more time and see your sweet baby smiles. There is just something so magic about that time because it is so fleeting. If you have the chance to hold your own child in your arms one day, memorise that early time. Imprint it in your brain with a fierceness no time can erase. They really will be some of the most precious memories you make.

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I wish you could remember that time. It was just you and I most days, at home alone together. I used to walk around with you singing to you… ‘You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are grey…’. As each day and month and year passed, you were always brightening my day, guiding me forward, making me into a mother and changing me with your love.

The last 5 years with you have been amazing Hannah. But sometimes I have days where I feel I did nothing and I achieved nothing, and yet when that day is over my sentimental heart aches to begin again, to make sure I include at least one extra kiss, one extra cuddle, one extra I Love You. I am forever grateful for having you in my life my darling daughter so I want you to remember that even though it might not feel like it in every moment, it is always, always true – my heart will never stop loving you…

Love Always,
Mama xx

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Blake’s 2nd Birthday Monkey Party

I had orginally decided that I wanted to throw a Sock Monkey themed party for Blake’s 2nd Birthday after seeing some gorgeous parties pinned on Pintrest. But upon searching around I realised that Australia is not as fascinated with these adorable monkeys as the USA is. I could have spent a lot of money ordering items from the US but our budget does not stretch that far so I toned it down to a monkey theme, with a few sock monkey additions and lots of banana themed food. Enjoy the photos!!