On Procrastinating Important Change

My wife’s favorite phrase, one that she shares with me often is, “Don’t leave for tomorrow the things you can do today.” I believe Benjamin Franklin first recorded it, but I doubt he was the first to think it. My wife heard it growing up in Mexico City. It’s sound advice, though difficult for me to admit. Procrastination has been a constant companion of mine. Looking back, I think that we procrastinate doing things that we really don’t want to do. I procrastinated school work and house work all the time, for that obvious reason. What I didn’t procrastinate, what I didn’t “leave for tomorrow,” was the abolition of punishment and of compulsory education of my children. As soon as I was convinced, I went into hyper drive to change our family culture for the better. And in the spirit of the season, I am very grateful to my wife for deciding to stand with me in our unconventional, nay, radical approach to raising a family. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.