Homeschool life can be funny. There are admittedly days when you feel like you’re completely “off the grid” and out of touch. Some days I wonder if I would ever be able to re-enter society by way of a public school car line again if I had to.
After almost ten years, our family has completely embraced this crazy lifestyle. We all know homeschool moms can be a little weird and lately, I think I’ve been showing my homeschool mom age.
Can you relate to these signs you’ve been homeschooling too long?
1. You know what kombucha and kefir are and you’ve actually attempted using or making one of them.
Oh man. The natural mamas are an inspiration, aren’t they? Hang out in homeschool circles for about five minutes and you’ll be sure to find one. Their skin is glowing, their kids are free range, and they have an organic garden. That they actually eat from.
I have picked up some pretty crazy recipes for curing colds and flu and I’m guilty of growing a SCOBY in my fridge. My husband almost puked when I showed it to him and my sister was convinced I’d get botulism. Kombucha is fun.
2. You don’t like schedule commitments.
We like our freedom of schedule and believe it or not we actually like just being at home most days. I hate feeling over-committed so I usually go out of my way to under commit. Ha!
This year we aren’t even attending co-op. We haven’t committed to field trips or running around like crazy. We’ve just been home. It’s been really nice!
3. You find a way to turn absolutely any activity into a learning experience.
No matter how annoying it is for your family, you try to make every outing educational! Bonus points if you bring home some kind of paper to stick in your kids’ year-end portfolio. My kids hate when I geek out around town.
4. You need a tutor for suit shopping.
Lord, help me when our family has to dress up for a special occasion. My oldest never wanted to participate in homecoming or prom. A lot of homeschool kids do, but my kids are not those kids. My husband works in construction and the last time he wore a suit it was 1999. Not kidding.
My son did attend a formal birthday party a couple of years ago, and I had to call my best friend for back up. Bless her! She met us at Kohl’s and picked out his outfit for me. Thanks to her he looked great! Had it been left in my hands he would have looked like a 70-year-old grandpa going to bridge club.
Unless it’s shorts or flip flops I’m at a total loss! We have a wedding coming up at the end of the month and I had to spend an hour on the phone with my sister yesterday taking notes on how to shop for suits.
5. The only work clothes you own are new yoga pants.
I have no fashion sense and no clothes. The end.
Maybe my bestie will take ME shopping?
6. You don’t understand the inappropriate text abbreviations your sister sends.
I’m way out of the loop on anything for adults only. There’s no office banter going on here, that’s for sure! I didn’t understand my sister’s text joke the other day and she nearly lost it.
Sisters are bad. And hilarious!
7. You know too many random facts and you should stop sharing them with strangers.
You guys. I’m like an annoying seven-year-old who wants to talk about animals except I look like a regular woman. Unsuspecting strangers have no idea what’s coming.
After finding myself explaining what a macaroni penguin was to a complete stranger in the doctor’s office waiting room yesterday, it became painfully clear I need to get out more and learn how to talk to adults again.
Have you been homeschooling too long? What are some of your signs?