Alanis Morissette oughta know better than to try unproven, potentially harmful homeschooling methods with her young children. But the former pop star is determined to “unschool” her kids. What does that even mean?
If you were an angsty teenage girl in the 90s, then Alanis Morissette was probably one of your favorite artists. “Jagged Little Pill” was a middle finger in CD form. Alanis has mellowed a lot since then, but she’s still a counterculture icon.
At 45, she’s also mom to three young kids. And she has a very unconventional way of raising them.
These days, she’s developed a hippie, Earth Mother kind of energy. I mean, she’s married to a guy who calls himself “Souleye.” That’s not quite as bad as Kate Winslet’s husband, Ned Rocknroll, but it’s still something else. They’ve been married since 2010 and have three children: Ever (10), Onyx (3) and Winter (8 months).
In an interview with “Health” magazine, Alanis talked at length about her parenting philosophy. She also appeared on the cover breastfeeding her youngest child.
“I basically get inside their eyeballs,” she said of her homeschooling technique. “I’m constantly watching their eyes and what they’re pulled toward, and then we do the deep dive.”
Alanis said that unschooling is a 24/7 commitment. If her kids have questions or want to talk long past their bedtimes, she sits up and talks with them. She her and her husband also created “pods all over the house” with different activities that the kids can choose to explore at any time they want.
In other words, they don’t have any structure or standard curriculum. Her kids are going to grow up and go one of two ways, right? Either they’ll be total hippies like their parents. Or they’ll complete an online marketing degree in secret and run away to get a job in an office.
Alanis got candid about her experience with postpartum depression, which she experienced with all three of her kids. She claims that hormonal imbalances, combined with the stress of the modern world, made it much worse.
“Ideally, we’re supposed to be ensconced with, like, 51 women, broths, soups, and warmth as the body is reconstructing—as your identity is reconstructing. Cut to modern times, where the world is very masculine, very alpha, which is completely the opposite,” she said.
Morissette also claimed to be a “highly sensitive person.” She says this leads her to be overstimulated and joked (?) that people like her “might go a little crazy.”