Those of you with older kids may have noticed: there’s no glamor in homeschooling them. No sizzle. No rapturous internet community. Look around Pintrest, Flickr, the message boards: hardly any beautiful photo moments, no charming lesson plans, no gloriously slick packaging, few anecdotes.
Take Pintrest, for example. Here’s a search for homeschooling. Charming links for Letters of The Week lesson plans, lots of sensory activities like water play, and many, many rounded cheeks in soft-focus photos.
All of which would have been great 10 years ago, back when the internet was younger and so were my children. We’re not playing word games on Popsicle sticks anymore. The quick, snap-and-share cute moments aren’t as…cute. Or as frequent. Things are going on inside their heads. Thoughtful discussion isn’t such a photo opportunity.
I would like to see older homeschoolers represented online with the same enthusiasm. Why? Well, because I’d like to have my reality reflected, too. I’d like to be inspired. I’d like to be reassured. And if it was a slightly more glamorous image than reality, my heart would welcome that, too. A little salesmanship of the day-to-day. Calgon, take me away…
Lets do better. I’m busy. So are you. It’s harder to find the anecdote, perhaps, or to remember to pass it along. But we owe it to ourselves to memorialize this homeschooling stage as well as we did in the cuter years, and we owe it to each other.
Glowing photos of slightly pimply teens blogging, perhaps, or lesson plans on World Changers of the Week. Slick articles about those charming moments, not filled with ooo, sweetness but with the utterly hilarious and cutting criticism kids outside the system can generate.