“Funny, you don’t look like a homeschooler”


We attend a large church with few homeschooling families. That said, youth group can be a place for crazy comments my children face. Luckily they can face them with a sense of humor. Top four questions/comments posed to them and their responses…

1.  Do you ever have time for gym class? (Um, yeah. I go outside and exercise all the time. And PE classes. Sports…)

2. Do you have any friends besides at church? (This one really cracked up my youngest. Only everywhere. Enough said.)

3.  How do you socialize? (If I didn’t socialize, I wouldn’t be here!)

4. Funny, you don’t LOOK like a homeschooler! (Laughter. What does a homeschooler look like?) I don’t know, you just look so normal. (That  is because we are.)

When people get a stereotype in their minds it can be challenging to work around it. Certainly homeschooling has made us more aware of any preconceived ideas we might have harbored…yes, even about homeschoolers.

(Denim jumpers and bread anyone? As if that was a bad thing anyway?)


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

10 responses »

  1. Thanks for starting my day with a smile, christa! The only thing I take exception to is the “normal” comment. Y’all are not a “normal” family. Y’all are an exceptional family, to the core. Grandmotherly pride allowed here?

  2. That is too funny. One time, a girl told us that she thought homeschoolers all wore skirts, had really long hair, and weren’t very social. Um…nope….Just cuz we do school @ home doesn’t mean we’re mental :). And yes, we homeschoolers have friends all over :D.

  3. We need to show them what NORMAL is.Our dentist asked my son(by himself)if he was going to do school for the day.We were in there at 10:45,no way do school,WHY do that!!!We were going to McDs and to the library and Yes we were doing school late that day,duh.

  4. I had a guy ask me today how my children were socialized and how did I let them be involved in sports “Cause it’s the way life is, you gotta interact with others” I asked (politely) why he was more concerned about my children’s socialization than their education and he said “Well, you don’t want them to be nerds do you??!” I said well Bill Gates is a nerd…and then proceeded to tell him ALL the activities my boys are involved in. After about the 4th activity he said “Well OK now you have answered that they are socialized I guess they will be alright.”!!!

  5. Well, if my girls are not normal, so much the better! AND I am all for the bread thing, and, as a PUBLIC school teacher, used to wear denim jumpers! Whatever! 😉

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