Are you homeschooling an introvert? If so, have you thought about the special homeschooling needs of introverted children? Have you developed special strategies for homeschooling your introvert? Homeschooling can be a fantastic choice for introverted children who crave time alone with their own thoughts and ideas.
This week my guest post on the Bright Ideas Press blog is Four Tips for Homeschooling Your Introvert. The four tips really can apply to all parents with introverts, but will be especially helpful for those who are homeschooling an introvert. If you have an introverted child (whether you homeschool or not), … Read more »
This was originally posted August 11, 2012, on my previous blog. Caroline was almost six and I thought that she was an extrovert at the time. I’ve since concluded that she’s more introverted, but did not alter the original post to reflect this. I’m posting it now to add it to my 31 Days of Learning Differently series.
The past few weeks have been hard. I hit the proverbial wall this week and it all had to do with being so strongly introverted. Parenting and homeschooling as an introvert is hard. On the bright side, I think God allowed … Read more »
If you’ve read my writing for any length of time, you already know that I am extremely introverted and that I function best when I have lots and lots of time alone each day. When Caroline was little I was sure she had to be an extrovert because she always wanted to be picked up, walked around, and in close proximity to us. It seemed like no matter how much attention we gave her, she wanted more. (Yes, it truly pushed me to the edge at times, especially as it related to bedtimes.)
As she has gotten … Read more »
I’ve written before that the greatest challenge I face as a homeschooler is my own introversion. So when people say “I can’t homeschool because I’m an introvert,” I understand. When people say they would go nuts if they had to be around their children all day, I know that they probably aren’t exaggerating. They really feel that way. It has nothing to do with not loving your children enough.
It’s about your own personal sanity.
I totally get it.
But introverts can successfully homeschool with some strategizing.
The Need for Time Alone
Introverts face their own set of challenges when homeschooling. The … Read more »
I embraced my introversion a long time ago. I have zero problem telling David, “If I don’t get at least an hour of uninterrupted time ALONE, I’m going to lose it.” We’ve been married almost seventeen years and he has seen firsthand over the years the difference it makes in my life (and his) when we pay attention to my introverted needs. For introverts, time alone to recharge and be with our thoughts is as important as food, sleep, water, and hygiene. It’s a non-negotiable. (If you don’t believe me, check out the book Quiet: The Power … Read more »
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If I were to give one reason why I can’t homeschool, it would be the fact that I’m an introvert. A really big introvert. An I-will-die-if-I-don’t-get-enough-time-to-myself-every-day introvert.
Obviously it isn’t a good enough reason because we’ll be entering our fourth year of homeschooling this fall. But my introversion is probably the biggest hurdle I have to personally jump while homeschooling Caroline.
Over the past few years I’ve had to find ways to homeschool effectively and keep myself mentally sane healthy and happy at the same time. Here are five important truths I’ve learned.
Important … Read more »
The Atlantic ran a piece this week that generated a lot of comments. Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up in School caused lots of strong reactions to the idea that introverts should be graded on classroom participation.
As an introvert, I thought the author failed to really distinguish between being an introvert and being shy. I am strongly introverted. I am not really shy. I have no problem making my opinion known in a classroom setting – when I am ready to say something and have something worth saying. But I need time to process my thoughts … Read more »
When I was at the doctor a few weeks ago, I looked at an article in a parenting magazine that talked about the different personality types and how that plays out in motherhood. (If you don’t agree with the idea of personality typing, you might want to skip this blog entry.)
I read the one for me (INFJ) and I thought it was very accurate. I wish I would have asked the receptionist to make a copy for me so I could quote it here, but I didn’t.
But reading that got me thinking about how different personalities adjust to new phases … Read more »