Welcome to The Educating Parent Beverley Paine's archive of articles about homeschooling and unschooling written over a period of 30 plus years

HomeAbout Blog Articles Curriculum Resource Directory Shop Kids Pages Facebook

Download our FREE The Educating Parent Resource Directories today! Plus... more FREE resources!

Free download a quick guide to getting started with homeschooling and unschooling by Beverley Paine The Educating Parent in this excellent Resource Directory


Free directory of Australian homeschooling and unschooling support groups organised by national, state and territories

Plan, record and report all in the one document! Always Learning Books planners available in each year level to suit your homeschooling needs, includes curriculum checklists
Australia's original homeschooling manual from veteran home educator Beverley Paine, how to write your own learning plan and curriculum to meet your child's needs
Let Beverley and friends help you design and write your own curriculum to suit your child's individual learning needs, learn how to prepare lessons, unit studies and more, record and evaluate your children's learning in this series of 3 parent workbooks developed on Beverley's popular homeschool manual Getting Started with Home School Practical Considerations
Introduction to
Home Education
  National and State
Support Groups
  Yearly Planner, Diary & Report Beverley's Original Home Ed Manual Series of How To
Parent Workbooks

Support Groups: National SA VIC NSW QLD TAS ACT NT
Registration Guides: VIC NSW QLD SA WA TAS ACT NT

Looking for support, reassurance and information?
Join Beverley's The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook online group.


Are Travelling Homeschooling Kids Lonely?

Cameron Dubin

Ever wondered how kids who don't go to school make friends? Are all kids that travel lonely?

The topic of friendships is something that pops up regularly in homeschooling and travelling families groups. Many people worry that their kids will become lonely if they are not at school surrounded by kids their own age every single day. Whether you're homeschooling whilst stationary or whilst travelling, there really is only one thing that is required, that's for you as a parent to put in the effort to facilitate friendships.

Whilst I am not saying childhood friendships are not important, once we leave school friendships often disintegrate. Why is this though? Well, for the most part it comes down to geographical inconvenience. When you're not naturally crossing paths with your friends each day it requires effort to make the time to actually go and see them, not to mention find a time that suits you both, working around jobs, family etc. It's that effort that people often just don't put in these days, especially with the introduction of social media.

So what does that mean for kids who are unable to get in a car and go catch up with friends? Well, it means the onus is on you as a parent to do that. In a good portion of areas there are homeschooling groups that are a great way for kids to make friends and this is something we do wherever we are. Just a simple search on facebook more often than not uncovers a local homeschool group, or at least a few homeschoolers in the area. For the most part in my experiences, groups have been very welcoming and the kids don't think of newcomers as "outsiders", instead they are just another kid to play with! There's also other options like scouts etc which can be a great way for travelling kids to make new friends. Look up Lone Scouts if this is something you're interested in.

I often see posts from travelling families saying their kids are wanting more social interaction yet they seldom put in the effort to actually help their children do this, instead hoping that a family with children the same age will just park their caravan next to them and their kids will be BFF's from that day on. Sure, that happens on occasion, but it's not a regular occurrence. If you make the decision to travel with your kids, I think it's only fair that you realise your kids will want some social interaction which is often on you to facilitate. Sure, they may not have kids to play with every day, but in reality not many of us adults see our friends every day, so instead we use other mediums to keep in contact like chatting, facetime, email, etc. This is something Jaiden does a lot, keeping in contact with friends via email.

When travelling, it can be difficult for kids to say goodbye to new friends. That is just one of the downsides of travelling. Kids are resilient little beings and as long as there are more opportunities to make new friends I don't feel that there is any real long lasting harm being done. In fact, the travelling and homeschooled kids I have met over the years are some of the happiest most well adjusted kids I have come across are always super inclusive of all kids. Jaiden often gets sad on school holidays as kids who attend school seem to stick more to their already formed groups and are less welcoming of newcomers, even when camping. Jaiden has friends all over the East coast, ranging from 5 years old to 18 years old. When we are nearby I make sure we put in the effort to go and see them and when we are not I encourage him to keep in contact via email, facetime or even just chatting when playing games online.

Pictured here is Jaiden playing with Deegan, an 8 year old ASD boy who has recently started his homeschool journey after struggling terribly at School. Jaiden and D were practically inseparable, playing for hours on end over several days without a single disagreement, which is a feat in itself for both of them. How did they meet? Well his mother and I arranged a meet and they really hit it off. We then went on to house sit for them and whilst they were home, their friendship continued to blossom and Deegan will no doubt be added to Jaidens ever growing list of friends from all around the country. Sure, he won't see Deegan every day, and yes, both Jaiden and D were sad when we left but they both know that they will see each other again. I am sure, that just as we do as adults, their friendship will pick right back up where it left off. The difference is the onus is on us parents to put in the effort to actually allow them to see each other.

When we started tossing up the idea of travelling again, one of the things Jaiden most wanted to do was to see new places and make lots of new friends. After 18 months back on the road, I can say he's well and truly ticked that box. Sure, it does take effort on my (and his) behalf to create and maintain these friendships, and yes he will not see all of his friends every single day, but who does? I cannot think of a day in my entire adult life that I saw all of my friends in the one day. Instead, we live our lives and make the effort to catch up whenever possible.

That's just what friends do.

Was this article helpful? Was it worth $1.00 to you? Your gift of $1 or more helps to keep this site operating offering encouragement and reassurance to families wanting better outcomes for their children.

Thank you for your gift contribution!

Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.

Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.

"You've been an inspiration to me, I love the way
you really listen to people."

"Whenever I read your writing I always come away
with increased confidence in my ability to provide and
share a wonderful learning journey with my family!"

"Your guidance, understanding, support and words of
wisdom changed our lives. We now offer support and
organise many homeschooling events for others."

"Thank you once again for your prompt and friendly service.
I am convinced that your books are going to add
quality and peace of mind to my journey of teaching my kids
at home! Just from studying your website, until almost
2am in the morning, I 've been encouraged!"

"Thank you for all your many,many reassuring words
over many, many years. You probably don't know exactly how valuable you are to the Australian Home Education community. I've been reading your stuff for maybe 8 years or more now. And I'm very grateful."

CLICK HERE if you want to learn
how to write your own education plans
to suit your unique children's individual learning needs?

Or you are looking for quality curriculum and teaching tips...

Welcome to the World of Home Education
and Learning without School!

We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine


Getting Started with
Home Educating Series of


#1 Create Your
Own Curriculum

#2 DIY Lesson Plans
& Unit Studies

#3 Recording and Evaluation Made Simple

$10.00 each (includes postage)

let experienced home educators Beverley, Tamara and April walk you through HOW to create a learning plan that builds on solid foundations that works for YOUR family AND ticks all the boxes for home educaton registration with part 1 of this getting started with home educating serioes of parent workbooks, Create Your Own Curriculum!
Let experienced home educators Beverley, Tamara and April walk you through HOW to create a learning plan that builds on solid foundations that works for YOUR family AND ticks all the boxes for home educaton registration!

To see the full range of Beverley Paine's books on homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning visit Always Learning Books

Tap into Beverley's experience
through her books

"Your books, your blogs helped me beyond words... they helped me to find comfort in knowing it is ok to choose exactly what is best for my family." Nisha

"Your books and information are mind blowing and already I am feeling good about this new experience." Diane

"Your guidance, understanding, support & words of wisdom changed our lives." Leslie

"I feel specially inspired by Beverley's words and, the more I read her comments, the more inspired I feel, since my need for support, respect for different parenting styles, and information are fully met." Marijo
purchase Beverley's practical and common sense books on homeschooling and unschooling
Connect with Beverley and ask questions
through her online The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook support group

The information on this website is of a general nature only and is not intended as personal or professional advice. This site merges and incorporates 'Homeschool Australia' and 'Unschool Australia'.

The Educating Parent acknowledges the Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Owners, the Custodians of Australia, and pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people viewing this website.

Advertise on this site.

say goodbye to home education registration stress with this ultimate rego bundle from Fearless Homeschool

complete comprehensive step by step program that teaches you how to craft your ultimate homeschool

make homeschooling a lot easier, zero to homeschool's excellent course is here to help

Australia's best home education consultant, let Tamara Kidd guide and help you prepare your home education registration application or review

Twinkl downloadable Home education resources helping you teach confidently at home

Online science lessons for primary school aged home educating children

30% discount for purchases from ReadyEd Publications when you use the code 'homeschool' at  the checkout

reset your mindset for homeschooling success with deschooling essentials a quick course to help build your confidence as an educating parent

200 pages of templates, planning pages, tables, prompts and record sheets to organise your whole year!

subscription video art lessons by Australian artist

Australia's premier online annual conferences, lifetime access to video and audio recordings, freebies, notes and associated resource guides.


$29 each 2023 2022 2021
$25 each 2020 2019 2017

"Biggest and best Aussie homeschool event of the year!"

Home education is a legal alternative
to school education in Australia.
State and Territory governments are responsible
for regulating home education and have different
requirements, however home educating families
are able to develop curriculum and learning programs
to suit the individual needs of their children.

animated Australian flag

Without revenue from advertising
by educational suppliers and Google Ads
we could not continue to provide information
to home educators. Please support us by letting
our advertisers know that you found them on
The Educating Parent. Thanks!

Support Centre
Contact Us | Join a Support Group | Beverley's Books | Resource Directory | Blog | Donate

About The Educating Parent
Beverley Paine | April Jermey and Always Learning Books | Advertise with us


What is Home Education Why Home Educate Getting Started & Registering Different Ways to Home Educate
Life as a Home Educator Resources & Support Teens and Beyond Curriculum and Teaching Tips
Unschooling & Natural Learning Travelling & Home Educating Record Keeping Children's Pages

animated smiling face Thank you for visiting!

Beverley Paine, The Educating Parent
The opinions and articles included on this website are not necessarily those of Beverley and Robin Paine,
nor do they endorse or recommend products listed in contributed articles, pages, or advertisements.
This website uses browsing cookies and conducts other means to collect user information in order to display contextual ads.
Text and images on this site © All Rights Reserved 1999-2023.