I am a mother of one 2.5 year old little boy. I want to start unschooling. I know that sounds strange since most parents naturally unschool toddlers. But I feel like 1) I'm always trying to do 'educational' things for him, like letter A week (reading books that start with the letter A, eating snacks that start with the Letter A or doing arts and crafts to try and teach him something, not because they are fun). 2) I am always 'laying down the law' telling him not to do things, then realizing that what he is doing isn't going to hurt anything, but I'm telling him not to because I was always told not to. 3) Not wanting to sit down and talk with him because I end up feeling frustrated, like he can't understand what I'm saying anyways and can't really communicate back 4) Trying to get him to entertain himself while I do chores and such because I just want to get them done (aka not involving him).
I am looking for tips on how much of this is at odds with unschooling, tips on how to change it, and how my day should look if I'm doing it right...I just feel like if I don't do #1 (aka Letter of the Week) he won't learn his letters. If we don't sit down and work with numbers (with play doh balls or coloring) he won't learn his numbers. He'll be 3 in September and still doesn't talk great. He does talk, but he seems to speak more clearly and pick up more words when we do Letter of the Week. I just feel so lost and turned around. I truly think that unschooling is best, I just don't know where to start!