My mom ruined me, help me get on track!

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My mom ruined me, help me get on track!

Postby indysch » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:50 pm

Okay, here's the situation. Im 20 years old. I was home schooled by my mother, who had no idea what she was doing. She didn't want me in school, so she kept me home, but didn't really educate me. She taught me to read, that's about it. Fortunately I had a strong drive to learn and I read a lot and taught myself things. But I didn't have anything close to a normal education. She also was strongly against college, so I was never taught how to prep for it or given any guidance in selecting a career. And as an addition hindrance, I wasn't properly socialized growing up, so I have terrible anxiety and I don't really know how to interact with people. I know, my life's a mess.

Now that you have some background, here's my question: How do I overcome this and get into college? Where do I start? Should I get a GED or am I young enough to enroll and do senior year of high school and get a diploma? Is that even a possibility? I'm so overwhelmed. Can someone show me one step at a time how to get my life on track? Am I a lost cause, or do you think I have a chance at making something of myself?

Thank you so much for your help!


Oh, I should add that I live in Wisconsin. Which means it's very easy to say you're home schooling your kid. The state never checks up on you, you're never tested, you don't have to prove anything or follow a curriculum. You could literally teach your child nothing and there would be no consequences. Which is basically what happened to me.

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Postby Soingojud » Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:32 am

These contents come? Tell me what happened.

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Postby Jonathan » Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:21 am

To overcome this situation, you should try online courses which will really help you a lot. And the best part of online courses is it will make you more confident.

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Re: My mom ruined me, help me get on track!

Postby SocalHS » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:02 pm

Lots of people are very successful without ever having gone to college. The BEST way to catch up on learning is to read your heart out. A starting point would be any of these books found on If you do decide to go to college, you will have a head start having read these books. If there is a subject you are interested in, try to find a book that can teach it to you, and THEN consider college. You can learn economics, accounting, marketing, real estate, politics, etc from reading. A book only costs a few dollars, but college courses can cost much more.

As far as your anxiety, just try to do one new thing a week to push yourself to overcome your fears. You got this!

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Re: My mom ruined me, help me get on track!

Postby SouthernApril » Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:52 am

Your best bet it to try to take charge of your own learning.

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Re: My mom ruined me, help me get on track!

Postby homeschoolclaire » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:37 pm

It's been almost 3 years, I wonder how have you been?

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Re: My mom ruined me, help me get on track!

Postby orderofthephoenix » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:36 am

It's been over 4 years now and OP didn't reply to the question from 2017. If you ever come visit this forum again, I hope you can read this, and I hope you're doing well! :)

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Re: My mom ruined me, help me get on track!

Postby potatopete » Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:03 am

I have somebody on my Mom's side of the family that's being homeschooled, and they're doing ok, but I worry about them going forward when it comes to their actual life skills such as budgeting, building relationships etc.

I came across Twinkl ( and they're great with all kinds of educational stuff for kids all the way into going to university/college. I found some great stuff on here!

Twinkl Go! - has amazing audiobooks, literature and math explainers for you wherever you are, so you can learn up to 18-year-old level remotely, so you can get a headstart on earning your diploma :)

I also found a resource around a skill not taught across schools that can give you an upper hand - sign language!

I know you started this thread ages ago but I hope you're doing alright, and that these resources can help you down the line :)

PP x

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