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.
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. I was dreading the first day of school and unsure how I was going to make it through another year. I’m not sure 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,” you may be a homeschooling parent. That’s because you know that it’s almost time for $0.25 spiral notebooks and $0.50 composition books!
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?