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The wild + free family : forging your own path to a life full of wonder, adventure, and connection
2022
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"Drawn from her family's stories and those shared by the Wild + Free community, The Wild + Free Family explores how to create a family culture that breaks the mold by seeking to connect with our children, unleash their gifts, pursue a shared vision together, and redeem generational brokenness, among so much more. Inside these pages are Ainsley's words of encouragement, honesty, and wisdom, guiding all parents to create a home where families can forge their own path to love stronger, live more fully, and grow closer to each other"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

"Ainsley Arment has emerged as one of the most prominent voices in [this] grass-roots community." — New York Times

As parents, we dream of creating a magical childhood for our kids, yet it can be so easy to slip into autopilot. Ainsley Arment—a mother of five, founder of the thriving community Wild + Free, and bestselling author—is no stranger to the barrage of decisions, opportunities, and daily tasks that each day brings. But what Ainsley has discovered is that the magic of life isn’t found in the hustle and bustle of constant activity but in the intentional ordinary decisions of our days. And when we assume that a family has to look or act a certain way, we miss the opportunity to build a meaningful and fulfilling life together. 

Drawn from her family's stories and those shared by the Wild + Free community, The Wild + Free Family explores how to create a family culture that breaks the mold by seeking to connect with our children, unleash their gifts, pursue a shared vision together, and redeem generational brokenness, among so much more. Inside these pages are Ainsley’s words of encouragement, honesty, and wisdom, guiding all parents to create a home where families can forge their own path to love stronger, live more fully, and grow closer to each other. 

- (HARPERCOLL)

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Parents can "live a more meaningful, adventurous life" with their families, l, advises Arment (The Call of the Wild and Free), creator of an online homeschool community, in this gentle look at "carving your own wild path in the midst of modern culture." Twelve years ago, Arment, her husband, and their two kids left their life in the Atlanta suburbs serving a "company's purpose, society's purpose, the school system's purpose" and moved to Virginia Beach, where they began their homeschool community. Insisting that parents get to choose whether their kids grow up stressed or peaceful, Arment covers such topics as misbehavior (suggesting a three-step process of "calming... connecting... and communicating with" kids), creating a family culture (laying out "your values and vision"), embracing adventure as a classroom (getting outdoors), and how to "not grow weary" as a parent (accepting help during difficult times is a good idea). While readers in search of statistics and case studies won't find them here, Arment nonetheless offers a wealth of personal anecdotes and feel-good wisdom—understanding kids, she writes, "is realizing, as they grow, that they don't merely change but become more themselves." For parents looking to "cast aside convention," this is just right. (Aug.)

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