I didn’t become the mother I thought I would,
I became the mother my kids needed.
Welcome to our Normal!
I’m so glad you found us! Normal at our house includes 2 trampolines, 5 sizes of pencils and indoor and outdoor swings and whole room full of LEGOs and homeschool. Having out-of-the-box kids means we often have to find ways to do things differently. One size does not fit all for our family. That’s what you will find here Inside Our Normal is all those tips and tricks that have worked for us, at least for awhile and maybe some of our tricks will work for your family.
I’m Cynthia, homeschooling mom of 3 Out-of-the-Box kids ages 10, 9, 6. We recently moved to my hometown among the cornfields after starting our family in sunny Florida. Which means we are raising 3 Florida transplants in the mid-west. They need reminders there are no alligators in the lakes, theme parks are not a part of everyone’s childhood, and now there is a thing called winter that brings snow.
As a young adult I dreamed about the possibility of homeschooling my kids. I envisioned fun projects together and having a front row seat as they made discoveries. I believe in God’s sovereign design for families. Each of us parents is uniquely suited to be the best ones for our kids. I believe that our personalities and experiences mold us to be the parents our kids need us to be.
I didn’t expect to embrace homeschooling as the only place to educate them because of a disconnect between what a typical classroom provides and their unique needs. I didn’t expect my oldest to take chapter books to kindergarten. We didn’t expect to have to buy headphones to lessen the overwhelming noise so my child so he could attend school with his peers at 5. I didn’t expect my child to build towers taller than himself at 2!
Professionals have said our family includes Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Giftedness, Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. Some of my kids have attended a traditional school for a time. We have come to learn that the best environment, and “least restrictive” for them is homeschool. I could spend my time arguing with a school and making sure they support my kids where they need it. I choose to spend my energy taking advantage of every opportunity each day and teaching them myself. We can focus on the exact areas they need, letting each excel at their own pace.
I hope you will stick around and take a look with me. I’d love to hear about your out of the box kids and the challenges you are facing as a family or with school. Send me an email at cynthia @ insideournormal . com I’d love to hear from you!