Homeschooling Homegirls Welcome Episode

Updated: Sep 21, 2020


Welcome I wanted to take a minute and Introduce myself & share where my perspectives were shaped from. I jump head first without having  any of it figured so  I am still figuring out the editing software and moving though my  introvert self .I love a challenge each episode will be more unapologetically  me .  I am so excited to start having these conversation out loud , to join others expanding WHO homeschools / unschools and WHAT it looks like..  Thanks for kicking with me!  Enjoy raising empowered people ! Your Host Tiffany Sandoval


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Welcome to the homeschooling home girls podcast. Join us as we take up space by sharing our bipc experiences in the homeschool unschool world. I'm your host, Tiffany Sandoval. I spent most of the last 19 years in the homeschool unschooled world listening to the advice from narratives that did not include me or anyone that was not from the white or white adjacent lived experience. This podcast is about elevating the voices that for far too long, have been silenced in the name of white fragility. My hope is that by sharing our stories, others can see that homeschooling and unschooling is one of many paths to raise empowered, educated people. stories will be shared from lived experiences, not theories, and different perspectives are encouraged to grab your coffee or your cocktail. And join us as we expand our perspectives.

Hey, this is Tiffany. Thanks for kicking it with me today. You're listening to homeschooling home girls podcast. This is a place for BIPOC parents and the homeschool and unschool community to share lived experiences while expanding our perspectives.

I wanted to introduce myself today so that you guys know where my perspectives are being shaped from. I'm also trying to friggin kick this white voice of mine that comes on. It's like the voice I used to interview or, I don't know, get clients. But I think I've used it so many times. It's like part of me now. As I get more comfortable, you'll probably see me slip back into myself. It's taking me so long to even just get one episode of this welcome episode out because I can't. I can't stand It's driving me insane. But it is what it is, though. Join me in the conversation, you know, all feedbacks welcomed. It's a little bit about myself. I'm a 40 year old Chicana that has been raising three unschooled kids for the past 19 years. I'm an introvert. I'm a serial entrepreneur. I'm a teen mom. I'm a childhood abuse survivor. And I'm currently the Co-President of the Homeschooling Association of California.

I speak my mind bluntly I am uncomfortable failing out loud and I jump headfirst into things like this podcast. I'm also trying to keep my inner Wild Child alive.

I was born in Whittier, raised in Southgate until we moved to Chuco town, El Paso, Texas. It's where I found my voice became more connected to my culture, and became a teen mother. I am the oldest of four raised by a single mother that gave me unconditional love without judgment. I love my kids unconditionally. But I am failing so hard at being non judgmental. I'm opinionated as a motherfucker, even if I don't say it with words, my kids Say it, I say it with my face. I've been with my husband for 19 years raising three amazing humans that have been unschooled their entire lives. Jade is 23 Dylan is 17 and Logan is eight. There's 15 years between the oldest and the youngest and six years between the older two. I've been able to homeschool differently three times. Each time I learned something new. The thingsI would do different if I could start all over will be a series of episodes.

I know unschooling works because I lived it, not the way my kids have experienced it, but the way my grandmother did. Life has been my teacher. I was that kid that just could not get it together the way people wanted me to. I saw the world differently. I walked in the world differently. And now that I'm raising one of those kids, I understand how difficult it was for my mom She did the best she could with the tools that she had. And I was rarely in class I was a good test taker so I was passed to the next grade. I spent my freshman and sophomore years at ditch parties and bought his clubs. I got pregnant the summer before my junior year, and went from being completely out of control to educating myself about birth plans and vaccinations, breastfeeding. But taking the chsp and enrolling in college with limited resources,no internet access.Everyone made me feel that having my daughter was a death sentanceto my future and to hers. I followed my gut despite my obstacles and found the information I needed to move forward. That's what my kids do in different circumstances, they find the information they need to learn for the things that they want to move forward.

So how did we get to this podcast? I have been in the unschooling /homeschool world for the last 19 years, I spent the first 17. Much like I spent my childhood in spaces that were not meant for me. I tried to twist myself and fit. And I was getting advice from people that had no clue like I was never going to be white. They were not never not going to be white. And yet, they're spewing this information like it's for everybody. And I took it that way here. I always say I drank the unschooling Kool Aid. But the last couple of years, I've found my peoples and it's just let me tell you like just real conversations, the way we commune the way we are real. And it felt like, like coming home. And so we've had a lot of these side conversations when we're sharing advice or talking about lived experiences without someone telling us how wrong we are. We just need to look at it a different way or any way violent ways that they're shut down. So that's where this podcast came from some a lot of side comments. sessions that were happening, I thought, you know, like, having these conversations out loud, to share for people with no community or also doing what I did twisting themselves, their kids to fit in spaces that aren't meant for them.

That's how we got here. Again, because I jump headfirst into things and figuring it out as I go. So it's a learning curve, but it was just a 17 year old has helped me figure out all the technical stuff, which is beautiful and I also just want to be honest, you know, speaking out or speaking to power however we want to in this world like isolates you my kids and I have lost community or what I thought was community because I started speaking in what being called divisive choosing not to conform anymore in white spaces. So here I don't want conformity. I don't want groupthink. I want people to share their lived experiences without that voice that's telling us that it's wrong or or there's somebody that knows better because I really believe that like raising three very different children, that it nothing works for one does not work for the next. It's a very individualized life. And you're not going to get it perfect all the time. That's okay. They learn they grow , if I somebody that was raised in an abusive alcoholic home, who chose to be a complete wild child and have a kid at 16 I could do this. Anybody could do it and I think you've been successful at it.My kids are whole people that know that they're hot doesn't one white, white or right way of doing things. They get to walk in the world on their terms. And no, do I always like it. No, but that's what my mom said. If you want to raise free people, be careful what you wish for right? Because even though I may think my ideas are expensive and things like my kids, I'm raising them in This theory and they are raised and the reality.

And so I think that's what I'm learning from having almost two adults now, that have been always unschooled that what I thought I knew, maybe I didn't know and that's okay. I think like we all need to get to a point when we choose whether we choose to traditionally as a homeschool, or traditionally school or homeschool or unschool, or pick any of the terms that are out there, that nothing is perfect. And like there's no growth in perfection either.

So, this is a journey. Welcome to it. And I hope if anything else, it just elevates voices for far too long have been silence because it doesn't fit the narrative that's already been created.

So I get asked where the name came from homeschooling home girls, and it came from a hashtag that we started to use a group of us #HomegirlsThatHomeschool this time last year at the homeschooling conference with this mom and one of us have posted a video of some home girls doing a dance. And we were joking. And can you imagine, you know, in this mostly white space, bunch of us getting up and doing this dance, right? And we were laughing, but at the same time, we created this conversation of how much we miss being, you know, those girls that were dancing, you know, I know, it's like we lost something, you know, and using that hashtag when we went places, like the museum, or their kids or science classes or whatever the hell we were doing. Hanging out #HomegirlsThatHomeschool was like, man, every time I saw it, it's smiled. So that's that. So if the name makes you feel uncomfortable, or like some people have told me ghetto, then great, this isn't your space, kick rocks, go do something else. But if reading that hashtag #HomegirlsThatHomeschool brings a smile to your face. And this is your space, you know, space that you can come into whole not worrying if you sound too ghetto or sound to hood or whatever street knowledge like life knowledge that is so much more valuable. It has helped me so much in being an entrepreneur. I think book smarts has value, but it's limited, like the world doesn't work that way. So I think if you can combine the two, you know, and raise kids that are educated and know their value. I mean, man, they're miserable, right? So that's where the name came from. The name came from a bunch of us homegirls hanging out, having some fun, but also like getting real into a conversation and then it just had a lasting effect, you know, so I'm glad you're in the space.Welcome to the journey with us.

Thanks for kicking it with us today. Want to talk about homeschooling and unschooling in between episodes. Follow us on Instagram. @HomeschoolingHomegirls , enjoy the process, raising empowered people. You got this

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