Confessions of an extroverted homeschooler

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Hello, my name is Jonelle and I'm an extrovert trying to homeschool.

The girls I spend my day with.

The past month has been very telling for me. With the holidays arriving one after another, normal events have been cancelled and schedules flux from week to week. Things like Bible study and small group finish for their season and nothing fills in the gaps.

My mom has been out of pocket frequently over the past few months (she has been the person I can always count on for a visit...and she's within walking distance). Other friends have full schedules. And it is much too cold to meet at the park. So, it's me. Some days I feel like I am going crazy from lack of adult conversation.

So, what am I going to do?

First, I know I always crash about 3pm. I am trying to make sure I can be talking with a friend or going for a walk (weather permitting) or otherwise doing something that helps me, even if the girls are less excited about sitting in the stroller.

Second, I'm trying to get involved in a homeschool group. I have visited one. It was different from what I thought, but I will give it at least one more try and either commit, or try to find another one in my area. I recognize that only having one family we know who also intends to homeschool will make the years to come that much more difficult. I'm hoping to find more friends and also the resource for field trips.

Third, I am opting to try to have one thing scheduled (or, at least mentally noted, like, get together with a friend Tuesday's) every day just so I can get out and talk with others for even just a short while.

Three things don't seem like much, but, they are a start. If you are an extrovert, how do you handle the aloneness of homeschooling*?

Until next time,

*Is this just a small child thing? As my girls get older will I not feel so alone and longing for some conversation? Is it because the oldest is four?

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About Jonelle

I was one of the original Sonlight users. Sarita is my mom and Luke is my older brother. You may also know Amy from the Beam, who is my older sister, and Justin from MathTacular is my baby brother. I am a mother to three: one girl dancing in heaven, and two little girls at home with me. I love talking, reading, digging in the dirt, and fashion. I am passionate about world missions and love working part time from home for Sonlight.
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4 Responses to Confessions of an extroverted homeschooler

  1. julie says:

    Yes!!!! It does get better. I had a 6,4,2, and newborn and I was starved for adult interaction. Go to a homeschool group. There will be a lot of moms there you do not click with. But, there will probably be one or two that could become a great friend. Between ladies at church and our homeschool group I have found some amazing friends! Hang in there. My kids are now 11,9,7, and 5 and my problem is finding time to hang out with my friends! Other homeschool moms are a true blessing!

    • Jonelle Jonelle says:

      Thanks Julie! While I truly do love this young stage, some days I also want to just talk and talk and talk. About what I want to talk about. Not about ponies or snack or whatnot. I am hoping that I can connect with maybe two additional homeschool families. I think that would make a world of difference.

  2. Laurie says:

    I definitely understand the desire for adult interaction during the day! Even with 4 kids (9 and under), I feel lonely during the day. I sent you a FB message with a little more information. Not sure how often you're on FB, so I thought I'd give you a heads up here.

  3. caroline says:

    Hi Jonelle,

    I have 4 at home (9 and under) and yes I get lonely too.

    we have just one homeschool group for all of the northern portion of my province and I dont get out to many of the events they try to organize. What has saved me is finding an activity I love that provides a social outlet. I am musical so I joined the community band. Even if I dont get out any other time, Tuesday evenings is mine to socialize with other adults.
    then my husband and I started hosting college , career and beyond events at our place to make friends with other young adults just starting out in marriage or college .

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