Tips for the Homeschooled Teenager: Being Social

I’ve been homeschooled for a while now (two and a half years) and I’ve learned a lot! I wanted to share what I’ve learned, so I’ve decided to start a series of tips for homeschooled teens. This post is all about being social as a homeschooler.

When I made the transition to being a homeschooler, one of the things I was most worried about was being social! I thought I would never leave the house and would never be able to make new friends. Now I know it’s way easier than I thought, and I actually have more freedom without school. If I want to wake up early, finish my work, and hang out with my friends for the rest of the day, there’s nothing stopping me! So, now I’d like to share what I’ve learned about how to be social!

Facebook groups

If you came from public school like I did then you more than likely do not view Facebook as the “coolest” social media, which is okay because I didn’t either. But I promise if you are looking for people that you can relate to, Facebook groups are the answer! I’ve met so many people through Facebook groups for homeschoolers. Some are even specifically for homeschooled teens! And yes the first time you go to an event it will probably be a little awkward but I swear if you just introduce yourself to a few people you’ll probably make some really great friends. I’ve personally made a lot of great friends through these groups and I hope you do too.

Sports/Hobbies

This is such an easy way to make friends! Any kind of hobby, interest, or sport that involves other people is not only fun but a great way to meet people that share an interest with you! I play piano and I used to do competitive cheerleading. That let me be around so many people that loved the same thing I did and I made so many friends doing it.

Classes

The last two years I’ve taken at least one class outside of my house. Most classes meet either once a month or once a week. It’s great to have others to talk to about what you are learning and see if they had the same opinions/struggles.

Volunteering

I chose to volunteer at my local public children’s library. I do things like pull books, make copies, make calls, and just help wherever I can. I’m going into my third year of volunteering there and I think it’s been a great experience. It gives me a glimpse into what it will be like to work in a professional setting. It’s also something I work at alone, meaning no parents there to help me. It’s nice to feel confident working and talking to other adults by myself. I love working with the little kids and I highly recommend it to anyone that is looking into volunteering.

 

I hope you enjoyed and found these ideas helpful! Did I miss anything? Feel free to tell me in the comments!