Homeschool Stereotypes: From the Hippie to the Jesus Freak

Homeschool Stereotypes: From the Hippie to the Jesus Freak

Or, more accurately, my children embody small pieces of each of these stereotypes, in varying amounts, on different days.

One of my kids is a great conversationalist, one hides from strangers and friends alike for the first 15 minutes of any visit, and one greets people by dropping on all fours and panting like a dog.

All of my kids have moments of mind-boggling brilliance, and days when I wonder if their IQ oozed out of their ears in their sleep.

My children can be nerdy, they can be creative, they can be awkward, they can be imaginative, they can be friendly, they can be impressive, they can be weird.

You know, like normal kids.

I've been part of the homeschooling community long enough to see where the stereotypes above come from. While exaggerated quite a bit, I admit I have met at least one kid who closely fits each of those descriptions. It's a strange thing when someone is a perfect caricature of a stereotype. Strange, and rather hilarious.

But really, overall, most homeschoolers don't fit into any of those categories. There is no such thing as a stereotypical homeschooler. In fact, I've been delightfully surprised by the diversity of the homeschooling families we've gotten to know over the years.

There are a lot of Christians in the homeschooling community, yes, but I've found most of them to be perfectly lovely and not at all preachy. There are some freaks, some geeks, some homesteaders, some hippies, but most don't fall on the extreme ends of the spectrum.

Most homeschooling families I know are a lot like us.

You know, normal.

As if there is such a thing. :)





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