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Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT)

Hi there, Mr. HomeScholar here...

It has come to my attention that homeschool dads will sometimes struggle understanding their wives.  Lee asked me to help explain the homeschool mom perspective to the dads out there.

Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT)


As a public service, I wanted to share my Homeschool Mom Universal Translator with your husband.  Could you please pass this on to him?  Consider it my gift to you. You might want to print this out and keep it in your wallet for handy reference.

Did you read my blog post, Disapproving, Insensitive Relatives Translator (DIRT)? This can help if you have other family members that disapprove of your homeschooling your children. 

For up-to-date information on how to translate your homeschool mom messages, check out this article: TheHomeschool Mom Decoder.

Blessings,

Matt

Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT)

To print your Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT) click the link below:

Printable HMUT




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Comments 64

Guest - badmsm on Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:25

Oh, I hear you about the quizzing grandparents. They rarely ask about the kids' other interests, activities and accomplishments. Once my MIL started doing it on Christmas Eve. DS#2 told her "It's Christmas Eve, I'm not doing this with you." My kids just walk away when they start that now.

Thanks for the giggle, Lee!

Oh, I hear you about the quizzing grandparents. They rarely ask about the kids' other interests, activities and accomplishments. Once my MIL started doing it on Christmas Eve. DS#2 told her "It's Christmas Eve, I'm not doing this with you." My kids just walk away when they start that now. Thanks for the giggle, Lee! :)
Guest - Deb on Monday, 21 June 2010 08:09

This was great, but what we really need is a Homeschool Mom Universal Translator for Disapproving Relatives! Many of the above apply! :-)

This was great, but what we really need is a Homeschool Mom Universal Translator for Disapproving Relatives! Many of the above apply! :-)
Guest - Julie on Thursday, 10 December 2009 07:21

I'm laughing out loud! My husband has said nearly ALL those things! Thank you!

I'm laughing out loud! My husband has said nearly ALL those things! Thank you!
Guest - MRL on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 12:34

When she says, "Your parents were shocked that our daughter doesn't know if the Civil War came before or after the Vietnam War"

What she means is, "Will you tell your parents to stop quizzing our kids or we might have to start quizzing them. And they WILL lose because we know more."

What she doesn't mean is, "I hate your parents and I haven't forgotten that they get Memorial Day and Veterans Day confused"

When she says, "Your parents were shocked that our daughter doesn't know if the Civil War came before or after the Vietnam War" What she means is, "Will you tell your parents to stop quizzing our kids or we might have to start quizzing them. And they WILL lose because we know more." What she doesn't mean is, "I hate your parents and I haven't forgotten that they get Memorial Day and Veterans Day confused"
Guest - MRL on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 12:24

When your wife says, "I wish our daughter could learn as easily as ......"

What she means is, "It doesn't seem fair that she works twice as hard for not even half the return.I grieve for her."

What she doesn't mean is, "I wish I had another,smarter daughter because this kid is so much work"


When your wife says, "I miss feeling successful..."

What she does mean is, "It would be nice to get firm feedback (in an interim that is less than 18 years) that homeschooling is the right choice.

What she doesn't mean is, "my old job was more important, my old life was better."

Having whined about these two things (and I could list 100 more!), I will say that my husband does seem to "get it" but not at a visceral level.

When your wife says, "I wish our daughter could learn as easily as ......" What she means is, "It doesn't seem fair that she works twice as hard for not even half the return.I grieve for her." What she doesn't mean is, "I wish I had another,smarter daughter because this kid is so much work" When your wife says, "I miss feeling successful..." What she does mean is, "It would be nice to get firm feedback (in an interim that is less than 18 years) that homeschooling is the right choice. What she doesn't mean is, "my old job was more important, my old life was better." Having whined about these two things (and I could list 100 more!), I will say that my husband does seem to "get it" but not at a visceral level.
Guest - Dirtdartwife on Saturday, 21 November 2009 17:40

When she says: Your mother called today and told one of the kids they're doing great considering they're not in school. That really bugged me.

What she means is: Will you please inform your mother that comments like that will not be tolerated and she's to keep those types of opinions to herself?

What she doesn't mean is: Please do not tell me that I should just accept what your mother says "because you know how she is."

*********************
When she says: The kids refused to do their school work today.

What she means: Can you please support me in bringing down the hammer on them so they don't think they can come between us?

What it doesn't mean: I don't want to hear "Oh, wow, I'm sorry." while you continue to read your email or watch your race on TV.

When she says: Your mother called today and told one of the kids they're doing great considering they're not in school. That really bugged me. What she means is: Will you please inform your mother that comments like that will not be tolerated and she's to keep those types of opinions to herself? What she doesn't mean is: Please do not tell me that I should just accept what your mother says "because you know how she is." ********************* When she says: The kids refused to do their school work today. What she means: Can you please support me in bringing down the hammer on them so they don't think they can come between us? What it doesn't mean: I don't want to hear "Oh, wow, I'm sorry." while you continue to read your email or watch your race on TV.
Guest - RuthintheDesert (website) on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:34

Or women could just say what they mean. It also helps to marry a homeschool graduate so the whole family speaks the same language.

Or women could just say what they mean. It also helps to marry a homeschool graduate so the whole family speaks the same language. :)
Guest - Beth on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 15:40

This was awesome! I loved it! So funny, but so true!!! :-) Thanks!

This was awesome! I loved it! So funny, but so true!!! :-) Thanks!
Guest - April on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 16:02

This list is great! Love it and I am posting it on Facebook and some other homeschooling sites.

This list is great! Love it and I am posting it on Facebook and some other homeschooling sites.
Guest - Cara (website) on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 15:39

It is *so* funny because it is *so* true. Thanks for the laughs!

It is *so* funny because it is *so* true. Thanks for the laughs!
Guest - Angie Wright (website) on Monday, 09 November 2009 22:16

Oh SO Funny But True. So True.

Oh SO Funny But True. So True. :)
Guest - Suzy on Monday, 09 November 2009 17:12

These are great... as a now-single mom I need to be reminded that the emotional expressions that are going through my head (what I say to myself!) really may not be exactly what I mean. Your "what she means is" actually can be a help so that *I* can figure out what I really mean!

May all of you married moms offer up a special prayer for your special, if sometimes bewildered, homeschool hero husbands!

These are great... as a now-single mom I need to be reminded that the emotional expressions that are going through my head (what I say to myself!) really may not be exactly what I mean. Your "what she means is" actually can be a help so that *I* can figure out what I really mean! May all of you married moms offer up a special prayer for your special, if sometimes bewildered, homeschool hero husbands!
Guest - Lee (website) on Saturday, 07 November 2009 11:42

Dear Susan,
Thank you for your service - and you're husband's too, of course. I hope our blog post will bring a smile to his face!
Blessings,
Lee

Dear Susan, Thank you for your service - and you're husband's too, of course. I hope our blog post will bring a smile to his face! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Susan W (Luci's momma) (website) on Saturday, 07 November 2009 11:22

PS--the photo of the mystified husband is priceless!

PS--the photo of the mystified husband is priceless!
Guest - Susan W (Luci's momma) (website) on Saturday, 07 November 2009 11:20

This is just hilarious. I am homeschooling 3 kids while DH is in Afghanistan. It's so hard to get across my thoughts when he's sitting right here in front of me--imagine trying to get him to understand when the phone is going out on every other syllable.

I've gotten to the point where I don't want him to encourage our 17 yo son through email anymore because it doesn't matter what DH says, DS interprets it as "just do whatever schoolwork you think valuable and skip the rest." DH assures me that he's NOT saying that.

I think I will tag-team him when he gets off the plane and disappear for a few days. All by myself. Maybe I'll give him a few days home before I do that.

But first I'm sending him your blog post.

This is just hilarious. I am homeschooling 3 kids while DH is in Afghanistan. It's so hard to get across my thoughts when he's sitting right here in front of me--imagine trying to get him to understand when the phone is going out on every other syllable. I've gotten to the point where I don't want him to encourage our 17 yo son through email anymore because it doesn't matter what DH says, DS interprets it as "just do whatever schoolwork you think valuable and skip the rest." DH assures me that he's NOT saying that. I think I will tag-team him when he gets off the plane and disappear for a few days. All by myself. Maybe I'll give him a few days home before I do that. But first I'm sending him your blog post.
Guest - nobody on Friday, 06 November 2009 15:09

LOL! That was awesome! where can I find some more? btw, I"m not married, and not looking to be, but I still find this interesting.

LOL! That was awesome! where can I find some more? btw, I"m not married, and not looking to be, but I still find this interesting.
Guest - JulieBaby on Friday, 06 November 2009 12:45

Brilliant! Also hilarious.

Brilliant! Also hilarious.
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 06 November 2009 11:30

Good job, Darla! I'm looking for more ideas, too.
Blessings,
Lee

Good job, Darla! I'm looking for more ideas, too. Blessings, Lee
Guest - NW Darla (website) on Friday, 06 November 2009 09:57

When your wife says -
"I read about a homeschooling resource today that I'm interested in."

What she means is -
"I read some reviews, chatted online with some people who have used it, and I think it might be helpful."

What she doesn't mean is -
"They'll 'work' I promise. I won't ever need to spend another dime."

====
When your wife says -
"Can you help me decide which route to go in this homeschooling matter?"

What she means is -
"I want to bounce some ideas off you, if you could spare a few minutes, because I value your input."

What she doesn't mean is -
"I need several hours of your time and for you to figure everything out."

When your wife says - "I read about a homeschooling resource today that I'm interested in." What she means is - "I read some reviews, chatted online with some people who have used it, and I think it might be helpful." What she doesn't mean is - "They'll 'work' I promise. I won't ever need to spend another dime." ==== When your wife says - "Can you help me decide which route to go in this homeschooling matter?" What she means is - "I want to bounce some ideas off you, if you could spare a few minutes, because I value your input." What she doesn't mean is - "I need several hours of your time and for you to figure everything out."
Guest - Inna on Thursday, 05 November 2009 16:36

That was great!

That was great!
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