I think it's fair to say that as homeschoolers, we experience a lot of miscommunications. People think we are like the Duggars (please don't compare us), that we're "overly religious", that our kids are never socialized, and a thousand other assumptions. There's certainly a laundry list of things I've heard and I've only been homeschooling my kids for a few years.
What's on my heart today is that the stigma that comes with homeschooling doesn't have to be there. We chose to homeschool for very personal reasons that I don't share publicly due to the nature of the issue. We've had our hard moments through out the short time we've been homeschooling, but overall it really works great for us.
Our kids enjoy the flexibility. We've recently connected with new homeschooling families and I know that makes it even more enjoyable for our kids. They are still involved in sports, scouting, and other activities. The options available to homeschooling families has really grown over the last several years since it is becoming more common. It's especially nice if you're in a homeschool friendly state, which we definitely are.
So the next time you encounter a homeschooling family, or a family who does something different than yours, try not to make assumptions and judge. I promise we're just a normal family who has decided to educate our children in a different way.
Check out the other ladies linking up for Motherhood Monday this week!
Lisa W.: http://www.themotherblog.com
Lisa B.: http://thebenroecks.com