Socialization for home schooled kids

One of the most frequently asked questions about home-schooling is socialization. I simply ask “Do you mean being allowed to talk and interact when and how they want like a normal human?”. I like to job the public school parents memory of what their kids are experiencing in school right now.

  • Standing/Walking in single file down hallways
  • Sitting in a desk for 6 hours
  • Getting in trouble for doodling or passing notes
  • Having to raise your hand to speak (I understand the reason, it’s just not natural)
  • Asking permission for a drink of water
  • Asking permission to go to the toilet
  • Maybe if they are good and didn’t socialize they will get a 15-30 break to socialize outside under strict supervision.

Home school kids get plenty of socialization such as: little league, co-ops, nature walks, and of course going to all the nice local parks while other kids are in school. Also, going to major theme parks when other kids are in school in nice too.

Happy Mother’s Day

I’m surprised that this phrase is not considered offensive in our fast paced world of sensitivity. Is it more difficult to be a Mom in this society than it was a few decades ago? 

Well no, a few decades ago you had small children, now you have adults that are your children and you can do what you want. But if you are a mother today with small children the it’s tough because small children are hard to manage sometimes. However, if your small children are large then they’re strenuous to lift unless you are one of the weight lifter moms who gets your kids fat on purpose so you can build your muscles. That’s wrong, maybe you should just stick to weights and put your baby on a healthy eating plan. If you want to, I’m not telling you how to mom your kids.

Do you still hold hands?

I’ve never understood why people hold hands. I see many couples holding hands in public places. To me, it’s a signal that the person is saying, “Hey look at me, I’ve got another human as my companion, aren’t you jealous?” I also think these person are insecure and they need to hold that person’s hand because they are low in self confidence or just prideful and showing off. However,  my children hold my hand when we are in walking across the interstate. So there’s that.

Good job?

Not sure why this phrase bothers me so much, but I hear it used all the time when parents praise their kids. I guess because typically you get paid for a job, but if you are not handing out paper with your praise, then here are a few alternatives that I consciously express towards my young ones.

  • Good work
  • Great effort
  • Fantastic accomplishment
  • Superb achievement
  • Impressive performance
  • Majestic results
  • Glorious showing

Just a few to get you started. Feel free to correct other parents.