As a homeschooling mom of many years I can tell you that socialization is a question, topic, concern, notion and issue that I think we all need to discuss and address directly. THERE IS CAUSE FOR ALARM. As a mother who raised one child in Public School and is currently raising another homeschooled I can tell you with the utmost seriousness I DO NOT GET ENOUGH SOCIALIZATION. I think the mailman attempts to get off our front porch as fast as he can.
Some days I go 10 hours without a conversation with another adult let alone a friend or mother, if we don’t count my adult son and husband it can be days. There is little time to grab lunch, coffee or a movie with another adult. There isn’t enough time in the day to nurture friendships, provide a functional environment for your home and educate the next generation of geniuses. 🙂
I think we all know that it can get a little lonely homeschooling your children. Trips to the Library, to the zoo, to the park, to the museum, to youth groups, to 4H meetings, to Boy Scouts, to church, to JR theater, JR choir, band, enrichment classes, piano lessons, fiddle lessons, speech competitions, organized field trips, German Club, Science Club, Lego Club, Robotics Club, Story Time, organized sports and the many many opportunities our children have to learn develop and grow leaves little time for socialization OF US MOMS. So homeschool mom’s out there make sure to include socialization in your daily life. Even if it is joining a co-op to allow yourself to be around like minded homeschooling moms who share your passion, your calling and your love of educating your children.
If we don’t become more socialized we may face the threat of being awkward, strange, shy, annoying, unable to survive in the world. We may never be able to relate to other mom’s or women or the workplace environment. We may never adjust to the world outside our homeschool. 😉
As far as homeschooled kids, there are far too many opportunities to meet new friends, engage with kids of all ages, learn grow and develop. I am not sure why anyone is still discussing it. It’s like they’ve never met a homeschooler. 🙂
Happy Homeschooling. ~ Bridget Anne