Homeschooling Through the Alphabet: T is for Trends

One thing that I have really been noticing, these past few months in particular, is that homeschooling tends to shelter us just a bit from all the trends that I KNOW we'd be exposed to if my kids were in a traditional public school.

A trend is defined as whatever is popular.
Obviously trends come and go; some in the blink of an eye and some with a bit more staying power.

I can't say I have anything for or against trends and many of the bigger trends do find their way into our home, if at a slightly later date than in those homes of my boys' public school peers.

I have been noticing that I often don't even know what some of my mom friends are talking about when they refer to certain trends; like when they ask if my boys are into bottle flipping or want a fidget spinner (or whatever is currently popular).

We had just been talking about fidget spinners: what they were, how my friends were complaining they were hard to find, what they were originally intended to be used for, and how many schools were having problems with them when my oldest son just ended up getting a fidget spinner for his birthday later that same day!

Once he opened his gift and got an answer to his "what is it?" question,  he really has enjoyed playing with a bit here and there while he's watching TV or whatever.

My youngest two sons just do not get the appeal at all.  They are still marveling at the idea that many of their friends are so excited about fidget spinners that they were jumping up and down while talking about them and my boys were blown away to see an entire claw machine filled with fidget spinner packages.

IF my boys saw this set up they'd be thinking of drinking the water.. and that;s about it. 

Oftentimes my boys might know about a popular trend but they'll tell me they just don't get it and don't understand why some things become popular trends or why people just want something because everyone else has it.

I love that they are able to pick and choose what they are interested in based solely on what THEY are interested in!

Of course they are exposed to a wide variety of toys, video games, and trendy new songs/ videos by being with their peers and friends but they think nothing of saying that they don't like it nor admitting that they love something other people are telling them they don't enjoy or don't think is cool.

I love that homeschooling has helped them become individuals and ones with their own unwavering opinions at that!

Homeschooling Through the Alphabet:

A is for Awe
B is for Boisterous
C is for Creativity
D is for Determination
E is for Expectations
F is for Fun
G is for Games
H is for Heart
I is for Independence
J is for Journey
K is for Kitchen
L is for Longevity
M is for Moments
N is for Nature
O is for Options
P is for Personalized 
Q is for Quicker 
R is for Recreation
S is for  Simple


  1. I love this post! I am certain that my kids are very sheltered from the "trends", and I am okay with that! My oldest son does love to bottle flip, but we don't have any fidget spinners. I've seen them on Pinterest, but don't see the appeal! My kids would probably ly try to throw them like ninja stars!

    1. In writing this I Googled 2017 middle school trends.. and honestly I didn't know what 95% of the stuff on any of the lists were!

  2. Yes, yes, yes!! I was at a family gathering the other day and "finally" saw a fidget spinner after seeing tons of public school teacher friend talking about how awful they were. And the whole bottle flipping thing? Yep. We missed that, as well. Like you, I am so thankful that my girls choose what they get hooked on by their own choices rather than by peer pressure or just acceptance of what others are doing without thinking about it. Great post on a HUGE benefit of home education. - Lori

    1. Thank you! I just love that they can be their own person; you know?


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