There are so many ways to experience FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), but a homeschooler's FOMO is truly special. And in some of the boards and groups I follow, it seems to be raging quite strongly right now. I think it's just that time of year when many families are announcing their plans for the next year and they are getting pushback from their family, friends, neighbors, dental hygienest, and strangers on aisle three of the Piggly Wiggly. Oh. You're going to keep doing that homeschooling thing? What about school pictures? Field trips? Friends? Socialization? ["You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." - I.M.] For many of us, those unsupportive comments are when the FOMO creeps in. Maybe they're right. I will miss those overpriced, poorly composed photos with the 1980s backgrounds. And my kids love field trips! They will miss their friends - all except those six kids who pick on them every day at recess.
But even if we have supportive family, friends, neighbors, healthcare pros, and Piggly Wiggly shoppers, sometimes we give ourselves a raging case of FOMO by scrolling through social media, checking out Pinterest boards, subscribing to aaaaaaaall the homeschooling blogs, perusing every catalogue that lands in our mailbox and on and on. We start to think that everyone else's homeschool is prettier, happier, more creative than our own homeschools. Maybe I just need to attend this seminar? Buy four more curricula? Knock out a wall in our house? Exchange my kids for some more compliant ones and buy some new clogs to make it all better? Right?!?
[No. You cannot exchange your kids, you monster. You should buy the clogs, however. Clogs are magic.]