Alanis Morissette is open to “unschooling” her children, she explained in an interview published on Tuesday with Health writer Bethany Heitman.
The 45-year-old “Hand in My Pocket” singer described unschooling as “child-led education,” adding, “If there’s some agenda like, ‘Let’s play with these magnet tiles,’ and my daughter is like, ‘F—- those tiles. I want to put glitter on that thing and cut the tree and put the thing,’ boom — we do that.”
“My husband and I create pods all over the house — here’s where the spelling area is, and here’s where the fake animals are,” Alanis said, continuing, “There’s probably a better definition of unschooling, but there’s no rigidity to it.”
Since unschooling follows the lead of the child, Morissette noted that parenting is “24/7” and “a huge commitment.”
“If my son is going to bed late on tour and he asks me three really huge, existential questions, there’s no, ‘Ah, we’ll talk about it in the morning. That is the moment,” she said, admitting that the style of education isn’t suitable for everybody.
She further said, “When I share with people that I unschool, a lot of people I’m close with say they’d love to do it but just can’t. And I get it. I’m like, ‘Yes. I understand, and I think it’s a smart choice not to do it.'”
The Grammy Award-winning singer also mentioned that she is making sure therapy to have regular communication with her family.
While explaining therapy Morissette quoted saying that therapy is “where someone really helps you understand your heart and your soul, and your mind, and your story, and your thoughts,” adding, “I really think the earlier you get your family into therapy, the better.”