I heard a homeschooling parent say that they don’t mind what their child does as long as it is “productive” or looks industrious.
This is no different to school.
In school, adults in positions of power (Government ‘experts’) have decreed what is acceptable for a child to be learning.
As an unschooler I have learnt the biggest lesson is to trust our kids. When, to me, it may look as though they are “wasting time” or being unproductive I have learnt to trust that they are doing what is right for them at that time.
They have always reminded me of this over the years and I may be a slow learner myself, but I hope I have got a handle on it now.
In this way unschooling is like life. Accepting and trusting that others are doing what they need to do on their own journey through life. There is great freedom is letting go of judgements and accepting others. We each of us are on our own journey and there is no one else that can tell what you should be doing, for they do not know where you are down that path.
I like it that our education philosophy has parallels in real life and the big picture.