You Know You’re a Homeschool Mom When…


Are you wondering if you’ve got what it takes to be a homeschool mama?

Well, wonder no longer…

I’ll tell you how you know if you can be a homeschool mom:

  1. You are a parent.
  2. You have children.
  3. You want to homeschool.

Ta da! And that is all…

But if you’re curious to learn what other homeschool moms look like, I’ll share them here…


You Know You're a Homeschool Mom When...

  1. You valiantly defend your homeschool choice in 3 point essay format with the grocery clerk then come home to worry that you’re not doing enough.
  2. You hear the “S” question again, but wonder about your homeschool mama socialization.
  3. You buy purple cabbage from the grocery store…and not for a salad…rather, for a science experiment.
  4. You listen to the news and call it current affairs or critical thinking time.
  5. No time is wasted in the minivan. You’ll be listening to an audio CD of Jim Weiss, Story of the World CD, or a Geography songs CD.
  6. You know who Charlotte Mason, John Holt, John Taylor-Gatto, and Susan Wise-Bauer are.
  7. Your kid’s birthday parties include full families not a class of kids.
  8. Your kids are whizzes in the grocery store, finding things, bagging things, guesstimating the total calculation, guesstimating the taxes, because that’s Grocery Store Math.
  9. You have a supplier…no, not that kind of suppler. The supplier for your owl pellets, bacterial swabs, painted butterflies, and general lab equipment, for science class, of course.
  10. You make regular contributions to the library. Also known as overdue fees.
  11. Your non-homeschool friends expect you to arrive to any visit/playdate/event “en masse”.
  12. You know what the “S” question is.
  13. You’re likely wearing yoga pants or joggers right now. Jeans are for dress-up days. (We don’t claim to live a glamorous life).
  14. You know what the following are: lap books, co-ops, readalouds, and unit studies.
  15. You know how to create a curriculum out of a nature center, museum, or art gallery brochures.
  16. You count your homeschool years since your kids were birthed from the womb.
  17. You have earbuds in your ears while kids are swarming around you (podcast anyone)?
  18. You know how to breastfeed a baby, wrangle a toddler, and give a spelling test. At the same time.
  19. You know how to deal with every kid conflict under the sun: because you’re either going to lose your mind or figure this stuff out.
  20. You go to the grocery store alone and it feels like cheap therapy.
  21. You have at least one, if not many, surfaces in your home that are covered with rocks, dead bugs, or cool driftwood.


Enjoy the book of homeschool encouragement for you, homeschool mama: Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer

Homeschool Mama Self-Care: nurturing the nurturer

Get your free Homeschool Mama Reading List here.


You can also take a mini-retreat here: the Homeschool Mama Retreat.