The following is a post by contributing writer, Kris Bales, of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
As my kids have gotten older, the opportunities for that all-important homeschool socialization have become a bit less readily available. An impromptu play date at the playground isn’t much fun, apparently, when you’ve outgrown slides and teeter-totters. And, it can be hard to catch up with friends who are busy with a variety of clubs and hobbies.
I’ve found that I’ve had to become more intentional about making sure my kids have opportunities both for hanging out with old friends and making new ones. In addition, because the local playground doesn’t hold the same appeal it once did, I’ve also had to get more creative in finding things that teens and tweens can enjoy together.
I thought I’d share some of my ideas and maybe some of you could add suggestions of your own to create a go-to resource for parents of older kids.
Kris, who blogs at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, is a homeschooling mom to three amazing kids and wife to her unbelievably supportive husband. She enjoys photography, running, and drinking sweet tea. You can connect with Kris on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.
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