Someone is always complaining about being hungry.
People always want to plan some weird party. (“Hey, let’s have a Minecraft-My Little Pony-toga party. It will be epic!”)
There are always random piles of laundry that no one wants to claim
Pants are optional.
Someone’s always making a crazy face in pictures.
Usually, a long stretch of peace and quiet is a bad sign.
You occasionally lie to your parents about what’s going on at your house.
Someone’s always obsessed with a particular song.
You sometimes worry that your neighbors might call the police.
Approximately one-third of the items in your house at any given time have been repaired by duct tape or super glue.
People are always bumping into things.
Somebody’s always wearing a hat.
People build crazy machines. They often work.
You wish you knew more synonyms for “shenanigans.”
Telling someone what grade you’re in is a complicated process.
I originally wrote this for Atlanta Homeschool way back in 2013, but it remains my most popular piece of homeschool writing ever, so I thought I'd repost it here!
AMY SHARONY is the founder and editor-in-chief of home | school | life magazine. She's a pretty nice person until someone starts pluralizing things with apostrophes, but then all bets are off.