More Ask a Homeschool Graduate!

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ByDeb

I have a few more questions to answer from my Ask a Homeschool Graduate post, so let’s get to it:

Applie asked: Did you have a graduation ceremony? If not, do you wish you did?

No, I did not have a graduation ceremony. High school just sort of…..trickled off. It wasn’t a big deal, but two years later when my sister graduated, she had a party and a cap & gown. I might’ve been a little jealous. I attended my college graduation though, and it was excruciating. The endless speeches, the long wait to march across the stage…boring, boring, boring. I have attended several other graduations since, and let me just say: Never Again. I will attend my children’s graduations and that’s it. I don’t love anyone else enough to put myself through that.

Applie also asked: Do you like being a weirdo?

Yes. Yes I do. You’re weird, too. So there. See also: neener-neener.

Theresa asked: What about the boy thing…crushes, boyfriends, feeling comfortable talking to boys…how did you deal with this? I am worried that not being around boys a lot may impede my girls somehow.

Oh, Theresa…How can I answer such a personal question? I understand what you are saying – don’t we all worry about these things with our babies? I started thinking about the girl who will claim my son’s heart before he was even born. I try not to dislike her…

First, let me encourage you that homeschooling your girls does not mean that they will never be around boys. Maybe they won’t be around as many, but the number will be more than zero – and you will be right there to guide them. Truly, I think it has a lot to do with personality. You said you were in school, but were shy. I was not in school, and was an incorrigible flirt. I did not have a serious boyfriend until college, and I married him. Your girls do not need lots of boys, but rather that Special One. Have faith. That’s really all I can offer. I’m sorry, I hope that helps a little.

Melanie said: I teach my children at home, but I don’t really teach them anything anymore because they’re old enough to read the books themselves and I’d rather play on Twitter anyway.

I want to be Melanie when I grow up. Don’t tell her, I don’t want to scare her off.

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5 Responses to “More Ask a Homeschool Graduate!”

  1. Theresa Says:

    That helps a lot and I am sorry to have asked such a personal question. I am worried about them learning to communicate with boys and be comfortable around them, but you are right. They hang out with boys at church youth group and coop and in the neighborhood.

    thanks for answering.
    Theresa´s last blog post ..I Hit the Jackpot!

  2. Deb Says:

    Theresa, I think I did not answer very clearly.

    I didn’t mean it was a personal question to ask, I meant it was personal to answer.

    Wait, that’s not any better is it?

    I meant it’s not a general question, it’s specific – specific to you and your family. I don’t know your girls and I don’t know you very well, either. The question and the answer are so individual, so personal to YOU and your family; your circumstances and your values. I really didn’t know what I could say to make you feel better, other than I know what you mean.

    Don’t be sorry. I’m sorry I was not more clear.

  3. Applie Says:

    Thanks for answering my questions, but I’m not a weirdo. I am really normal. 🙂
    Applie´s last blog post ..Testing…Testing…

  4. Michelle Says:

    My 7 yr old went to a coed sleepover last weekend. The little girl has a brother who also invited a friend, and all the girls and boys hung out together like they were all family. I kept waiting to be freaked about it, but I wasn’t in the least. Because I know these people, their kids, their values. And I imagine because we have a smaller but closer group of friends in our homeschool groups that she’s going to be more comfortable around boys than I ever was.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Transitioning- pt 2 – Doing things right

  5. Melanie Says:

    My daughter knows exactly two boys. They’re both in her ballet class.

    I’m a little bit worried that you want to be like me when you grow up. LOL
    Melanie´s last blog post ..The Strictest Relaxed Classical Homeschool EVAH