If you homeschool like me, one of the most constant things you hear is “what about socialization”. As if we could raise our kids in a bubble. As if we’d actually want to. But this week I can prove that my children are around other children just a little too much with two words — head lice.
So according to the web, head lice are a part of a childhood. I even read that every mother gets to deal with them. Dude, my mother didn’t. Perhaps Wyoming is generally too cold or something. Occasionally the boys picked up chicken lice from our chickens. These are easy to combat because they can’t stand water. Note the boys got them in my family, not the girls. We were cleaner.
Head lice like clean. Drowning them doesn’t work. There are actually sites devoted to killing them with every home remedy from mayonnaise to kerosene. There are also OTC solutions that most people agree don’t work. I bought an OTC and used it. Then I did some home remedies too. I did not try kerosene, nor will I. But WD40 was pretty effective for Ducky. It gave Pumpkin an asthma attack.
The main thing with the head lice is that the eggs tend to be the color of the kids hair. I keep combing with the nit comb, and the doctor looked them over. She didn’t see any sign of anything. I will not assume they are gone until there is absolutely no more itching, which is apparently going to last long after the bugs are gone.
As for where my kids got them, I’m not sure. I thought camping with scouts, but it may have been before that. And the truth is there are no shortage of other kids in my children’s lives. There are neighbors, scouts, classmates for special classes, a whole learning center full of children, playgrounds full of children, team sports and music students.
The next time someone hauls out the socialization question, I’m just going to sock it to them. My kids picked up head lice from other children but we don’t know the culprit, because that really does put things in perspective doesn’t it. My children aren’t homeschooled so that I can isolate them. Don’t get me wrong, when Sandy Hook happened, I was grateful my kids are homeschooled. When I read things about bullying and undercover cops in schools, I’m also grateful. That was a happy accident though. My kids are homeschooled because they aren’t just square pegs in a round world — they are dodecahedrons. Forcing them to fit would have been cruel. But they definitely get plenty of social interaction. Enough that I know which scents that head lice hate and can recognize the little critters in a ten second glance. Yuck.