Episode 11: The Socialization Myth Debunked

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There’s a reason kids have parents. There’s a reason God created the family. As parents, we should be the main influence in our kids’ lives and guide their interactions to benefit their personalities and potential. As homeschooling parents, that’s exactly what we get to do. Homeschooling provides kids with a social environment and social experience that gives them good habits and prepares them for real life. Stephanie Morrison from The Canadian Schoolhouse has been homeschooling for fifteen years and knows that socialization happens in a variety of ways, including in families. She hosts today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, and you won’t want to miss this one: “The Socialization Myth Debunked.


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  • “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children.” (Psalm 103:17 KJV)
  • “. . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15b KJV)

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For more on socialization, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

  • Your kids are at liberty to socialize . . . with the elderly neighbor planting flowers in her garden, or with the toddlers they assist at Sunday School. Always encouraging, Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, shares her thoughts on socialization in this “Hey, Mama!” column.
  • Veteran homeschoolers laugh or cry as they hear the question again, and again. Here is “Scholars Still Want to Know: What about Socialization?” by Dr. Brian Ray.
  • We are about forty years into the modern homeschool movement, and many people still do not fathom the reality, richness, and history of home education. Here is another article by Dr. Brian Ray: “Does Homeschooling Improve Social Competencies among Children?
  • “From relationships to socialization skills to being taught what truly matters—a relationship with the Lord—I will never regret the educational path that was set before me,” said Brittany Montgomery in “I Regret Nothing.”

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Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show “What we want to prepare our kids for is social situations where they are not only around people their own ages—because that doesn’t happen in adulthood.” - Stephanie Morrison

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

Today’s host, Stephanie Morrison, leads The Canadian Schoolhouse, a division of The Old Schoolhouse®. Homeschooling parents everywhere will appreciate these articles from The Canadian Schoolhouse site: 

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here is what you can look forward to next: 

  • 4/17/23: Episode 12—“High School Graduates: What Do They Look Like?” hosted by Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 4/24/23: Episode 13—“Cursive and Copywork” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • 5/1/23: Episode 14—“How Should We Celebrate the Homeschool Mom?” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

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Recent Show Notes

Episode 64: What Do Homeschool Graduates Look Like?
What will homeschool graduates do after high school? In Episode 64 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, Christine Weller discusses reasons to homeschool through high school, including the flexibility and adaptability of homeschooling. Homeschool graduates can succeed no matter where life takes them. Find the show notes for “What Do Homeschool Graduates Look Like?” on
Episode 63: Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation
How do you respond to questions about socialization? In Episode 63 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation,” Stephanie provides a deeper view into our children’s socialization. Explore aspects of behaviors and customs worth learning, intentional protection, and meaningful outings. It’s not just about getting our kids around other kids to play!
Episode 62: How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired
What happens in your homeschool when mom is sick and tired? Deborah Wuehler shares how she taught independence to her children, created checklists, and put together to-go bags to help her continue the homeschool routine during those times. Tune into Episode 62 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast—“How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired” for practical tips and encouragement from Deborah.
Episode 61: Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?
Listen in as several homeschool state leaders share about the value of homeschool conventions in their states. Should you go to an in-person convention this year? Is online encouragement enough? In Episode 61 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?” Heather chats with Paul and Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse®, Tauna Meyer of OCEANetwork, Anne Miller of HEAV, Kim Blom of Homeschool Iowa, and Rob Prigge of MACHE. These leaders are filled with a wealth of information that you need to hear!

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