5 signs you might be a homeschooling parent: the summer edition

We weird, unsocialized homeschool families can be pretty easy to spot, what with our denim jumpers and Birkenstocks or our kids not having the faintest idea what grade they’re in. This time of year, though, there can be some glaring signs not readily apparent at other times of year indicating that you are, indeed, a homeschooling parent.

Are you a homeschooling parent Check the signs to find out!

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1. You are nesting. If you’re doing things which, if there were a baby whose exodus from your uterus was imminent, would only be described as “nesting,” you might be a homeschooling mom. Have you just completely rearranged and cleaned your entire school room? Have you cleaned out the school cabinet? Created neatly labeled folders and binders? Sharpened all the pencils? Printed, sorted, and labeled all your kids’ papers for the upcoming year?

Yep, you might be a homeschool mom – or dad, except, you know, if you’re a homeschool dad chances are you’ve never experienced a baby’s exodus from your uterus.

2. You’re as excited about the first day of school as you were about the last day just a few weeks ago. Isn’t it funny how that works? At the end of one school year, you’re ready for a break, but after a few weeks, you’re ready to get back to a normal routine, for crying out loud.

If the first day of school is fast-approaching and you’re not excited, you may want to find out how homeschooling year round saved my sanity. A few years ago, I was right where you are now, dreading the first day of school and unsure how I was going to make it through another year. I don’t know how I’d have made it if we hadn’t switched to year round homeschooling.

3. You know when all the local schools start back. Why is this important, you might ask. Because, that’s when all the parks, museums, and libraries will be empty again!

4. You’re whistling “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” If you’re going around whistling “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” like that dad in the Staples commercial, you may be a homeschooling parent.* The thing is, you’re whistling the song for a very different reason than him. You’re whistling it because the school supplies are dirt cheap, because it’s almost time for you to dig into that new curriculum that’s been sitting on the shelf taunting you for weeks, and because of #3.

*I feel that I should go on record as saying that I find that commercial hilarious. I know there are homeschooling parents who think it’s awful, like the dad just can’t wait to get rid of his kids, but I don’t see it that way. Lots of people I know and love are public and private school parents who deeply love their kids. They’re just ready to get back to their routine, too. And, my kids have pretty much those same facial expressions about getting back to school. What kid wants to give up summer break?

5. You bring your pens and planner to the pool instead of the latest bestseller. I mean, really, isn’t poolside a much better place to plan than the stuffy, old house?

From your experience, what are some other summertime signs that you might be a homeschooling parent?

If you’re new to homeschooling and are hoping to get your year off to a great start, why not consider scheduling a homeschool consulting session with me? I’d love to help!

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  1. Nicole says

    When Target transitions from summer furniture to school supplies, you’re the mom who’s filling up the cart with glee while all the other families are moaning “school just got out 2 weeks ago, why do they already have school stuff out?”

  2. says

    I absolutely love this post! I’m all over the back to school sales, completely happy to be starting new curriculum, and pretty much all of the above. My favorite time is when WalMart pops up with $.25 boxes of crayons and lined paper packages and I get to gather as much as I want LOL … Oh and those Target dollar store bins at the onset of school are simply awesome!!
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    • Kris Bales says

      You might should be glad there is an ocean between us because that’s just how my mind works. Kind of scary, isn’t it? ;)

  3. says

    Chris – this is genius! We’re only just winding down in preparation for the summer break and I’m already nesting. I spent a happy 15 minutes sharpening pencils this afternoon. :-D And I keep having “casual” conversations with my kids about what they might want to learn next year. Oh – and I am SO excited about having five whole weeks to read physics and chemistry books and dream up hands-on history projects!
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  4. says

    I find myself looking for all the “Homeschool Day” activities in Central Florida. Museums, Kennedy Space Center, the Orlando Science Center, Disney – all sorts of places – offer a special day for homeschoolers and you can bet I’ve got it on my Google calendar. ;-)

  5. Jeanne says

    This made me smile! I am “guilty” of all of them except #4. We are in our last days of our short 4 week summer break. I was reminding the kids that we start back next Monday. I still need to finish purging one bookshelf in our “learning area” which I will do today.

    • Kris Bales says

      I’ve found that my enthusiasm has returned. I must have finally gone over the edge of crazy because I’m actually excited about having a high schooler and a middle schooler this year. Ask me how I feel about that around October or so. ;)

  6. says

    You crack me up friend AND you are right on the money. Ha! I tried to get some homeschool planning done while getting a pedicure yesterday armed with my notebook and pen. The nail tech wouldn’t leave me alone. She kept asking questions about why I was writing and if I was a teacher…and on and on. My notebook and I must have stood out among the rest of the clientele. :)
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