14 Things I Never Imagined I’d Say As A Homeschool Mom

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Sometimes, as a homeschooling mom, words slip out of your mouth that make you think, “Wow, that’s something I never imagined I’d say.” Shawna is sharing 14 of those moments. Do any of them sound familiar?

Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s: never say never. One by one, all of our homeschool plans and norms went out the window, slowly replaced with a learning environment largely dependent on YouTube and library pick-ups.

The truth is, it is going to take some time to recover. It’s going to take some intentionality to get us all back on track.

But not today.

No, today, we are right smack dab in the middle of our summer break, and I am happy just to let it be whatever it’s going to be for a few more weeks.

Because I find myself so marveling at how quickly my standards and objectives can change, I have also been thinking a lot about all the things I never thought I would say as a homeschool mom, but clearly have stated (and will likely continue to).

To have a little fun and enjoy this homeschool summer break together, I thought I would share my running list with you.

Here in no particular order are…

14 Things I Never Imagined I Would Say As A Homeschool Mom

1. No, you may not make anymore Dorodangos tonight.

2. Is it weird that he has no interest in showering?

3. Okay, you don’t have to shower, but you do have to brush your teeth.

4. Okay, you don’t have to brush your teeth, but you do have to put on deodorant.

5. I am not sure we are allowed to have a Burmese Python in this county.

6. I will pay you $20 if you will just take this tiny little drop of medicine.

7. He only reversed nine letters and the number 7 today!

8. He broke one pencil during school time, but didn’t break anything else today!

9. No, you may not eat watermelon while hanging upside down.

14 Things I Never Imagined I'd Say As A Homeschool Mom

10. Sure, watching that YouTube video totally counts as science for the day.

11. No, you may not make your brother the subject of your research project on itchy materials.

12. This video game about World War II is actually quite educational.

13. Maybe I should homeschool.

14. Somehow, I think I might be figuring this learning thing out.

For better or worse, those are some of the things I never imagined I’d say. A good friend of mine once gave me great advice about raising my boys and especially homeschooling them. She said her secret to staying sane was simply this – laugh or die.

I choose to laugh.

Do you find yourself in the same strange place this summer? If so, what would you add?


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Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned writer, speaker and consultant. She is also a homeschooling mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs. Shawna has written four books for parents of special needs – Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos and her latest, Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. She has also been featured in special needs discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, The Huffington Post and Autism Speaks. You can find her online at DifferentByDesignLearning.com. You can follow Shawna and Different By Design Learning on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

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