... I don't know what I'll do. This has got to be the biggest myth about homeschoolers - that we sit at home all day, hiding away from the world, with Mama's boys who cling to our apron strings. Social misfits. Nerds.
I am not exaggerating when I say this: EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has an opinion about our homeschooling says: "But what about socialisation? They need to go to school to learn how to get along with people." One mother even said, and I quote, "They need to experience bullying." What??? Sorry, but this is getting a bit annoying.
So, I shall explain. I have two extremely social little boys. We see other children every day; either morning, afternoon or both. If we didn't, we'd all go stir-crazy. Our children have many beautiful, deep and lasting friendships. They enjoy playing and getting along with a whole range of people: babies, kids, adults. And they get to play for hours! What I like about home education is that I can engineer our time and activities so that my children are playing and learning with friends who will lift them, and help them be good people. Our families are friends; I trust the other parents and I know their values. I get a lot of pure joy from observing all the children playing together - I see a whole other dimension to each child and I am proud of what good friends they are.
There are many home educating families out there and there are lots of activities you can join in with, like park plays, excursions, swimming, gymnastics, sports, art, drama and choir. So, what I'm saying is, you don't have to worry about socialisation. It's all good!