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)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

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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