While pondering today’s blog, I wondered out loud about my subject matter for today.
After I posted about it on Facebook, a friend wrote this:
“…you can write how public schooled kids blossom when they are put in a homeschooling group like ours...how they learn that uniqueness is a good quality and doesn't make you abnormal.”
Wow. How profound is that? This a mom who had her kids in public school (like me). Who decided to homeschool (for her own reasons, like me), and is pleased with her decision (like me).
Her kids are loved and accepted for who they are.
And it’s true. You can be in a homeschool group and wear what you want (I remember kids showing up to homeschool events decked out in “Hot Topic”—chains and all), pierce what you want (ears, noses, eyebrows, lips), wear your hair how you want (long, buzzed, blue, pink), and most importantly, BE who you want!
We have scholars and artistic types, soccer plays and singers, actresses and entrepreneurs.
We have animal lovers and kids who want to work with children. We have ambitious kids and kids that are more laid back.
We have shy kids and outgoing kids.
Kids who like Metal, Classical, Show Tunes, Pop and Alternative…
We have kids who would do well in a public school environment, private school environment, or being homeschooled.
And then we have kids who are much better off in a smaller, more controlled group.
Most importantly, these kids aren’t kept home to shelter them from their peers. They still get to be around other kids, other parents and adults.
But there’s something about our homeschool group (and others I’m sure) that radiates acceptance.
There’s no mold. No outrageous expectations. Unique is as normal and accepted as…well, “normal.”
You are who you are. And we love you for it.