The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who also homeschools about a young man we know who is rather “unusual.” I know – this sounds bad. It wasn’t gossip, he just came up in a much broader conversation and we made that side note. Her husband popped up – “Why are homeschooled kids always called unusual?”
You know what – he’s right. My boys are unusual, her kids are unusual, in fact most homeschooled kids probably fall into that category.
However – this is a good thing. What in the world is wrong with falling outside the teenage norm? Having had two public schooled teenagers – I know the pressures they are put under to conform. You must be cool, you must fit in, you must not be unusual!Homeschooled kids don’t have near the peer pressure that these other kids do. This allows them to be who they are without fear that their peers will criticize or ostracize them for it. If there’s one thing I really value about homeschooling, this is it.
My father loves the saying - “Be who you are and be that perfectly.” While non-homeschooled peers might think homeschoolers are weird or uncool, I would say they are who they are and that’s a wonderful thing!