Sometimes, when I’m brainstorming post topic ideas, I’ll check the search terms that brought visitors to my blog. I usually come up with a topic before working on titles, but when I saw the search term “homeschool its the goodest” in my Google Analytics, I immediately knew that it would be the title of a blog post some day. I mean, seriously, those words just beg to be written about, do they not?
As an aside, that same day I also came across, “How do you know if you’re valedictorian if you’re homeschooled.” Let me just answer that before moving on. To determine if you’re the valedictorian of your homeschool, start counting. If you don’t get past “one” in your class (grade level), congratulations! It’s you!
However, if you’re one of a set of twins, triplets, quads, etc., or you have adopted siblings who share your grade level, ask your mom.
Homeschool moms can’t make grammar errors or typos
So, anyway, back to homeschool its the goodest. Homeschool moms (and dads), that’s something we can’t say. You see, it’s (meaning “it is”) has an apostrophe and goodest? Well, that’s not even a word.
We also can’t say things like: There going over their to get they’re dog.
Nope. Not ever. Not even in a hastily typed Facebook status update. Not even if you know how to correctly use there/their/they’re under normal circumstances. Homeschool moms cannot make typos.
Because, if you do, people are going to shake their heads and say, “And she homeschools her kids?”
And, don’t think you can just go edit that erroneous Facebook message. Nope. The whole world can look at your edit log and the truth will be revealed.
I can’t say something like “us homeschooling moms,” in my we-don’t-always-speak-the-Queen’s-English Southern dialect. That should be “we homeschooling moms,” y’all. And the whole world is judging all of us by my grammar and spelling. Well, maybe not the whole world – part of them are judging all of us on your grammar and spelling.
Homeschool moms can’t make math mistakes either
Did I ever tell you that I’m a bit math phobic? I hate keeping score for games because people are watching me add and it still freaks me out. (I like to blame it on my 6th grade teacher. She was mean.)
Now, I’ll confess that most math concepts (including metric conversions, algebra, and geometry) make a lot more sense now that I’m an adult, but sometimes I still get that deer-in-the-headlights look when I’m put on the spot about math. I have been known to say, “That’s why my kids do math on the computer.” (Thank you, Teaching Textbooks.)
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You’ve got to be careful, though. If you make a math mistake, it’s a commentary on all homeschooling parents. I’d advise you to be safe and just pull out your calculator, but that can backfire. If the people around you deem the calculation too basic for a calculator, you’re going to risk those shaking heads and clucking tongues again.
“And, she homeschools her kids?”
Homeschool moms can’t admit fear or doubt
We’ve got to give the appearance of having it all together at all times, homeschool moms. If you admit to any type of doubt or fear about homeschooling, there is going to be some naysayer ready to swoop in with the I-told-you-so’s.
Clearly, if you have a moment of doubt, you must be failing your child. Parents whose kids go to public or private school are completely immune to fear and doubt. Worrying about your kids is not universal; it’s exclusive to homeschool moms. (That was meant to be sarcastic, just in case you weren’t sure. Don’t be hating in the comments.)
Never mind the fact that there may be another homeschool mom who’s had the same doubts, fears, and struggles who could encourage you.
Never mind that you might run the risk of making other homeschool moms think that they’re the only ones who ever doubt or fear. We can’t give the naysayers a foothold. Homeschool is the goodest.
“And, she homeschools her kids?”
Come on, y’all. Let’s get real.
I’ve been lovingly dubbed The English Major in my family. I am the human spell-check. Do you know what? I still make spelling and grammar mistakes. There is probably a typo in this post despite the fact that I proofread it at least three times before hitting publish.
I took advanced algebra in high school and advanced chemistry in college. I graduated near the top of my high school class. Those subjects still give me hives. That doesn’t mean that I’m stupid or that I’m unqualified to teach my kids. It might mean that taking the course alongside my kids would be a brilliant idea. It might mean that I should find a tutor. It definitely means that I think a computer math course is an excellent idea.
Fear and doubt? We all experience those things, wherever our kids go to school. Yes, it can be scary to admit them, especially when there are people just waiting to tear you down (sometimes right in your own family or homeschool community). However, when we’re authentic with each other, we often find support and encouragement. We discover that we’re not alone.
We may even discover that the commonalities of parenting are more binding than our educational choices are divisive.
Homeschooling. It really is the goodest. Most days. And, hey, how many people do you know who can say all their kids were class valedictorian? (Sorry to you moms of multiples.)
What else have you discovered that homeschooling moms (or dads) can’t do?
This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.