“I’m worried about my child developing socially. What about interaction?”
This is probably the most commonly voiced concern about homeschooling. There are plenty of opportunities for homeschoolers to socialize. There are homeschool support groups, community activities like sports or scouts, specialty classes in music, and after-school play with public schooled friends. Because they have continual interaction and modeling from adults, homeschooled children are less peer-dependent and more comfortable with all age groups than their public school counterparts. The homeschool social world is generally less influenced from the worrisome influences of drugs, gangs, sexual pressures, and violence.
It is true that the choice to homeschool removes the child from the intensive, ready-made social world of school, but it’s easy to supply social experiences sufficient in quantity and probably superior in quality to those at school.
How can I find other homeschoolers?
There are many local contacts you can reach out to. They can tell you about support groups and activities in their areas. A support group is a great place for new homeschoolers. Parents can get encouragement and information from more experienced parents. The whole family can enjoy the field trips, projects, cooperative classes and friendships available through a local support group.
What can I say to friends and family who are concerned about homeschooling?
Are your friends and family unhappy about your decision? Try to find out why. Their defensiveness might stem from the belief that your choice to homeschool is an unspoken criticism of their decision not to do so.
Focus on your positive reasons for homeschooling, and emphasize the individuality of your choice. Consider also that their criticism might stem from loving concern. Caring friends and family want the best for your children, just as you do.
Explaining the success of homeschooling may be very helpful. Fortunately, with so many people now homeschooling, it’s getting easier for many to accept it.