Socialization is the biggest thing my family is concerned about. It is legitimate since though we’ve lived here for about a year and a half, we aren’t all that involved in the community nor have we become close with many other families. We joined gymnastics last fall and that was a lot of fun. I never felt like I fit in with the other moms, but that was okay because the kids had a blast in each class. Alice was moved to another age group after the first class and that only threw us off because that meant two trips instead of one.
We took the summer off and plan on going back next month, even if we go to the Y gymnastics vs the private gym we were attending. The kids are also interested in soccer and I think that would be a lot of fun. I do wonder how many activities are too many? I like the Y because of just being able to play with other kids in the daycare area (in addition to all the activities we have available to us).
The kids play with the neighbors at least a couple of times a week, more if they can. And we get together with other friends a couple of times a month. It can be hard to get together just because Chris’ and my friends husbands schedule are different. It’s the neighbors we plan on doing some sort of activity with this year which I think will be very fun. I tried to get involved in a homeschool group locally but it just didn’t work out. I’m always open to new ideas so I’ve been looking around for what else is out there.
Of course when I think of socialization I think of this cartoon over at Hathor the Cow Goddess – click the link, you won’t be sorry, it’s hilarious! It reminds me of my kids – always talking to people, waving at people, saying hi, etc. I’ve been lucky, people don’t ask me if we homeschool, they ask Alice if she is in school. And she always says “yes, we homeschool, that’s doing school at home!” and they think she’s a cute little girl and smile and most of the time continue asking questions.