There are all those stereotypes out there about weird homeschoolers. You know the ones. They have lots of kids and they wear their pajamas a LOT. They have a big vans and the kids have computer-like memories. Homeschoolers use essential oils religiously and their kids are so sheltered they don’t know any pop-culture and watch veggie tales mostly.
I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of those things describe a LOT of homeschoolers, but there are plenty of stereotypes about public schoolers that aren’t as flattering. I know, I was a public schooler. There are worse things than not knowing who Lady Gaga is and smelling like peppermint all the time.
3 Things you Need to Know About Homeschoolers
However, those things aren’t what set us apart. Those things are just icing on the cake. Here’s what really counts.
1.The reason we homeschool.
This might surprise you because the stereotype has us painted as these extreme conservative types. In reality, we are the ‘hippies’ of our time. We are the freedom lovers, the trail blazers; charting our own family’s course and not worrying too much about what other people think. The reason we homeschool is because of the freedoms we enjoy. Freedom to worship, learn, and serve when we want, where we want, and how we want.
2. Our Hope.
Homeschoolers are some of the most optimistic people you will ever know. Our hope is HUGE for our children. We want something more for them and we believe homeschooling is the best possible route to fulfill that hope.
Not only that, we have our own personal hopes. It’s OK for parents to have dreams too. We don’t have to give everything up to please our children. We can reach for what we want to achieve in our life and at the same time, raise up children who have great potential.
3. Our Community
Popular belief has labeled homeschoolers as hermits. We want to hide our children away from the world so they don’t get introduced to outside influences. Fear rules our lives so our children become ‘socially awkward’ and don’t know how to interact with other people.
This is ridiculous. We love our community dearly and look for positive opportunities where our children can contribute and learn out in the world.
However, we believe that children who are exposed to unnecessary stresses, immature influences and adult experiences when they are young, gain trauma NOT knowledge. If they learn the foundation of love, respect and etiquette first, they are more likely to react in a mature way. We are preparing them for real life so they make wise decisions, instead of thrusting them into situations we don’t normally face even as adults.
When was the last time you were bullied, offered drugs, assaulted or sexually harassed? Not too often I hope!
We may not have the coolest kids on the block, but I bet you they are pretty well behaved! lol
So the next time you see a homeschooler, don’t be shy! Partner with us in raising up the next freedom respecting, successful, and loving people our country deserves.
Are there any other things you need to know about homeschoolers? Ask me in the comments below!
Curious about how to homeschool? Check out this post about Homeschool Styles!
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We know homeschooling can put a financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful. Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.
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Barb Decker says
I could not have said it better myself! “We are the freedom lovers, the trail blazers; charting our own family’s course and not worrying too much about what other people think. The reason we homeschool is because of the freedoms we enjoy. Freedom to worship, learn, and serve when we want, where we want, and how we want.”
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