Before I homeschooled I always thought there was the stereotypical homeschool mom. What first comes to mind? A denim jumper? Poufy hair?
Of course, there are homeschool moms who fit that description. And I had met some. (who were all wonderful people by the way………)
However, I knew that most would agree with this description as the stereotypical homeschool mom. But what about everyone else? There’s an entire community of moms who don’t fit that first mold, but I just lumped them together as the “other” homeschoolers. I had no idea there was such diversity among that group of others. I’ve learned a thing or two and found that it can be hard to find your niche, and that as a homeschool mom, you often don’t fit in with other homeschool moms.
So, this post might step on a few toes (more on that later), just so long as they’re not my freshly-painted hot pink ones though, right? Sorry about that!
Now that we are more “officially” homeschooling, I have had the opportunity to meet many other homeschool moms. And I’ve discovered that the stereotypical homeschool mom viewpoint is very narrow. There are in fact, just as many varieties of homeschool moms as there are public school moms. We are very different too. Wow! This was news to me, and I bet many outsiders would not even begin to believe me.
You just can’t put homeschool moms into a box. There isn’t the stereotypical homeschool mom. She doesn’t exist.
There are those who homeschool for purely religious reasons, for academic ones, or for both- or for a host of other reasons (food allergies anyone?). There are those who use the boxed curricula, who make their own curricula, or those who piece together curricula. There are those who are Charlotte Masonish, or Classical-ish, Unit Study-ish, school-at-home-ish, or unschool-ish.
As a new homeschooler it can be very difficult to meet other homeschool moms, especially ones that share your viewpoints and who are “like you.”
So, I thought about writing a wanted ad to find someone more like me. Is there a Homeschool Match dot com?
Wanted: Homeschool mom of little people. A religious, health-food conscious, crunchy granola, non-TV watching, suburbia-living, capri-pant wearing, piece-it-together curricula, classical, Charlotte-Masonish bookworm with well-behaved kids.
But Prince Charming came up with a much simpler way to classify homeschool moms. He noticed a trend that I had overlooked. He noticed that I meshed most with homeschool moms with painted toes, preferably the fire-engine red or hot pink variety.
So, I guess what I’m looking for is a mom with a pedicure, whether do-it-yourself or not.