Article: Why are Homeschooled Kids So Annoying.

This article really struck a chord with me.  My oldest tends to be obsessive about the things he loves.  He loves numbers, and math, so much so that I’m sure others would find it annoying.  Heck, I do sometimes! and I’m his mother, and love that he loves math.  But his interests are exhausting, and often times not what his peers would think are cool or interesting.  He does things in extremes.  When he was 2 or 3 – he loved cars so much, that he memorized every symbol of every car brand out there, and we’d walk through a parking lot, and he would tell you what ever car was as we walked by it.  I find myself often thinking about whether he would still be into the things he was into if he his surrounderings were different.

My middle guy, is a little joker.   He likes to be silly and funny.   There was a time when he wouldn’t leave the house without 2 different shoes on, or a fedora (my older son actually started that “trend” in our house).   There was one day I dressed him and his pants were too short, so I was like, oh your pants don’t fit, let’s change.  He was like, “No mama, I kind of like them like this.”  When I asked him to pick a lunchbox for our outing, he picked the one with the colorful polka dots.  Tomorrow, he might pick the Spiderman one.

I like that their choices are their own.  Their likes are their own.   It’s not dictated by what’s “cool”, by what the popular kids at school would like, by what others may or may not think of their decision.  They just choose it because it’s what they like.  Period.

I don’t know how long I’ll continue homeschooling, or if I’ll even home school all my kids, but I think there is just something so valuable in that – having them do things because they want to.  Truly chosing interests based on what they like.  No fear of ridicule, no judgements, no standards to meet (other than perhaps the ones I set).  Maybe it’s just the overprotective parent in me, but for now, I love that I can do that for them.  I think as a kid, so much time was spent trying to fit in, that you lose sight of what you’re really interested in if it veers off the socially “acceptable” path.  And if you were one of the “annoying” kids who really did do all the things he/she was interested in, often times, you were on outlier, and there were consequences for embracing your “dorky”, “weird” “obsessions.”

I think some people often site the socially awkward homeschoolers they meet, and assume that’s a result of homeschooling (and maybe in a small percentage of cases that is true).  However, for the vast majority, I think they would have been socially awkward in a public school setting, or any setting really.  It just would have been a heavier burden to bear.  Homeschooling may have been a means to allow them to grow into who they were going to be regardless, just with less stress and anxiety.


Riding the Homeschooling Rollercoaster

So, I started homeschooling this past fall.  People are constantly asking me, “WHY?”  (and on our crazier days, sometimes I ask myself the same thing):).  Lucky for me, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to explain why in an article for a site dedicated to mothers – Grow Mama Grow.

So, now you know :). And now you know why I’ve been a bit behind in my post.  More on that soon.


Look Mom! A Cow Eating a Lollipop!

Yes, ladies & gentleman.  The latest and greatest in cow feed.


You think I jest?  Check out the latest in a Reuters article that was posted September, 23rd.

“(Reuters) – Mike Yoder’s herd of dairy cattle are living the sweet life. With corn feed scarcer and costlier than ever, Yoder increasingly is looking for cheaper alternatives — and this summer he found a good deal on ice cream sprinkles.

“It’s a pretty colorful load,” said Yoder, who operates about 450 dairy cows on his farm in northern Indiana. “Anything that keeps the feed costs down.””

Thanks to a drought, and a bad crop this year, feed costs have become incredibly high – and this was the apparent solution – expired candy.  So…let me get this.  We don’t feed it to our children.  We won’t eat it ourselves.  But we will eat animals -that are meant to eat grass – eat this crap?  I mean corn-based diets already cause enough problems for these poor animals.  According to food blog Fooducate,

“Animal nutrition experts agree that ruminants such as cows are able to ingest and digest a wide variety of foods (unlike birds and pigs), but this seems to be quite an extreme. Cows eat grass, that’s what their digestive system was designed to do.

The factory farm practice of feeding them mostly corn (highly subsidized by the government) is already problematic – it messes up their liver and digestive system, requiring constant medication. Now these poor animals are being subjected to gummy bears full of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and what not.”

Imagine what this new switch towards expired sugary treats means for them!   More problems for the cows?  More antibiotics/hormones to cover up the issues?   This is insane!   An all time low.  There should be way more being done to regulate animal feed.   I know most people will say, “Buy organic.”  But not everyone can afford it – so what?  They aren’t entitled to healthy living and healthy eating if they can’t afford it?  Their options are limited to sugary fake juices and sub par burgers from candy-fed cows (amongst other things which would probably turn your stomach)?  It’s a broken system where money reigns supreme.  Ethics have gone by the wayside.

Really fuming at this…

The Atlantic: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

Very candid and interesting read…

“It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.”