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Amy Childs

Happiness Consultant

What Is It in 2016

Throughout the year, Kara Tennis and I will be hosting several What Is It? groups around the Philadelphia area. If you’d like to be kept in the loop about dates and places, you’ll need to join my mailing list and specifically check the “What Is It?” box. Or, send me an email and I’ll add […]

January Intros

Throughout the year I’ll be hosting several “Introduction to Unschooling” discussions around the Philadelphia area – and maybe beyond!

We have four sessions scheduled in Philly in January:

Wooden Shoe (704 South Street) on Jan 16 at 3pm Wooden Shoe (704 South Street) on Jan 14 at 6:30pm Cloth (1605 E Passyunk Ave) on Jan […]

Happy Solstice

Life is difficult. It’s confusing, and painful, and confronting, and disappointing, and scary. And being human is super weird.

But we live in a pretty world that is floating around in a beautiful universe.

So I say, go forth and be as weird in this strange and pretty world as you can be.

Happy solstice, […]

oct 27, 2015

“So guys, whadya wanna do with me?” – Gray Tennis, age 4, to his teen siblings and their friends.

But really guys. What DO you want to do with me?

Maybe I could organize your basement? Play with your kids? Herd your cattle across the open range? Lead an unschooling workshop? Help your grandma after […]

What is it?

We’re doing another What Is It? group!

Together with Kara Tennis and Martha P, I’ll be hanging out on December 4 to figure out what the heck IS it to be human anyway?! Send me an email for more information or to let me know you’re coming. There is no change for the event, but […]

oct 21, 2015

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. George Bernard Shaw

I made this to remind myself.

Amy Childs | Happiness Consultant

sep 10, 2015

If you sign up for my mailing list, you’ll get informative letters like this one!

If you’re all like, “dang, those links don’t work” – then sign up and get the real thing next time, silly!


Oh okay, you broke me down. Here are some links fer ya:

Unschooling Summit Whatever Whatever Amen


july 30, 2015

Moneywise, I’ve been scraping by for a very long time. But since I’m privileged, resourceful and lucky, my life of scraping by is often indistinguishable from a life of luxury.

In many ways I live like a queen. I have time to play, laugh, cry and breathe. I spend a lot of time pondering things […]

july 24, 2015


That’s right, today is the international holiday for unschoolers that everyone can celebrate. Cupcakes anyone? The holiday is called “Learn Nothing Day.” Unschoolers spend the day trying not to learn anything – and usually everyone fails. Often before they finish breakfast.

The founder of Learn Nothing Day, Sandra Dodd, writes about […]

jan 8, 2015


  It’s all about merriment and bedlam and loving Amy Poehler (oh yeah and loving ourselves).

Amy Childs | Happiness Consultant