In this episode of At Home, Kristin Rogers leads the discussion on socialization.
Wow! It turns out this is a big topic and we all have so much to say.
Kristin does a great job helping us get to an understanding of what socialization really means. We determine that it’s much more than kids being cool, and dressing in the latest fashion. But we also recognize that it is easy to become distracted by those things.
We decide that we want to look at socialization from a broader scope, to approach it with a view of the kind of adults we want our kids to become, rather than focus solely on how well they are fitting in with their peers right now.
We hash out ideas for how to get through some of the socialization challenges homeschoolers can face, such as home schooling an only child, being an introverted parent with an extroverted child, home schooling in a rural area, getting out in winter (something us California girls really know nothing about) and more.
We hope this episode will give you lots to think about, and will be an encouragement to you as well.
Don’t forget to listen to the Quick Question Round at the end of the episode It’s sure to leave you with a good laugh.  We love sharing the heavy and the fun with you all!


Show Notes

Kristin Roger:

In Defense of Public Schooling by Jessica Krous
Homeschoolers in the Real World by Chris Klicka
How to answer the Socialization Question?
What about Socialization?

Greta Eskridge:

Quote by Simon Peg:
“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

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  1. As I’ll be entering my first year of homeschooling, I can honestly say I have not put too much thought into this topic because I never really worried about that “fear” most people have about children who are homeschooled. I was aware and realized all the true pros that you all discussed that they will have with interacting with various people of various ages & backgrounds through all the way may do along our educational journey. However, I must say this was one of my favorite podcast you ladies did. Job well done! It was just such an intriguing topic to look at from all angles and to listen to the do cussing and debate about it, was so interesting and thought provoking. I truly enjoyed this one and hope that there will be a part deux! 😉 Keep up the awesome work mamas, love listening to these podcasts!

  2. I’m pretty sure it was in this episode (although I could be totally wrong !)but in one of the recent ones someone quoted a study that was done on how well homeschooled kids tested in collage or something to that affect? Would it be possible to get that linked in the show notes please?

    1. I referred to an article, that is in the show notes, about studies and thesis papers written on homeschool vs other schooling on socialization. As far as college, Greta mentioned how colleges seek out homeschool students……not sure if that might be what youre referring to? – Kristin

  3. As self-proclaimed Christians, how do you balance wanting your kids to “not be of the world, but be able to be in the world” in terms of thinking about how most people view this socialization question? This is something I’m concerned about when it comes to homeschooling…. Do you ever feel like you’re secluding them in a bubble? When do they experience the “hard” questions that can come up in a public school? or what about them having enough conflict and being able to critically think about how Jesus would respond in certain situations- situations that just don’t arise at home as often or if at all. I feel like there is a fine line when it comes to this- I want my kiddos to be those lights in the darkness that the bible talks about. When I think about homeschooling my kids (we have yet to start) I feel like we’d be in our own little learning world of shining to each other and totally forget that the darkness out there needs that hope and light, too. I’m worried about depriving a dark world!!! haha Hoping this question makes sense! Would love to hear thoughts on how to overcome this. Really loving your ladies talks! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this 🙂

    1. Dear Jenna,

      Thank you so much for sharing your perspective about the issue of socialization! You bring up some questions that are good to think about as one starts their homeschooling journey. And I agree, it is not a good solution to keep one’s children in a bubble their whole childhood. I do see value in protecting my kiddos’ young minds until they have the maturity to deal with “hard’ questions. But I don’t want shelter them forever. Personally, I try to shelter my kids from many of the evils in society when they are 4, 5, and 6, and then I gradually introduce them to hard truths more and more as they get older. I decided to write some of my thoughts on this topic on our blog. Please check it out if you are interested:) – Jen Dees

  4. For some adults, their interactions with family continues in such a close relationship that the family maintains a dominant role in their ongoing socialization. You probably know some friends in that kind of situation. Some of the influence of families is intentional and some of it is unintentional, a result of some spontaneous interaction. Watch Keeley and her mom and see if you can pick out the intentional and unintentional socialization.

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