Homeschooling: NOT the worst decision I've ever made.
OK, I have to do one more post about my spin on homeschooling. It's just irritating to hear the negative opinions about our decision to educate the children at home. If my choice has offended you in any way, you probably should not read the rest of this post.
First of all, I just want it to be known that no matter how many times I have to listen to ignorant remarks about homeschooling, it is not going to change my mind on the matter. In fact, when I hear things like "Don't you want your children to be normal? To be a part of the crowd?" All I can think is 'no, no I do not want my children to be a part of the normal crowd.' I want them to learn to think as individuals, to be independent, to stand apart from the world, and to stand up for their beliefs. I don't want my kids to feel forced to 'stay with the crowd.' I want them to feel free to excel and to pursue their own interests.
Is it really so wrong of me, as a parent, to want to nurture my children's intelligence? To be involved in there education in a major way? I did fairly well in school. I was always in the top 10% of my class, I did well in the advanced classes, and I know for a fact that many of my peers would not have passed some of their classes if I had not helped them. I feel qualified to teach my children the things they need to know. I study and plan out each lesson and I do everything in my power to make sure that they understand what I am teaching them. And because they are my children and every parent wants what's best for their kids, I do these things with a passion.
Every time someone tries to pull the "socialization' topic, it makes me want to pull my hair out. My children do just fine. Socialization is not an issue in this family. They interact with our rather large family, other homeschool families, neighbors, and church friends on a regular basis. We take them to the library during reading programs and activities, they play at the park with other kids, and we attend community events. They will both be old enough to take classes with the local homeschool group next year, and Justin will start his first extra curricular this coming February. (He has chosen to take Karate and is very excited about it.) They do well in public (other than Ariel's occasional anxiety attack, which has nothing to do with homeschooling) and behave better than many other children. They are only 3 and 5 though, so they do mess up and we do have to show and remind them how we expect them to behave.
Big Picture: My children will do just fine in society. How about yours?
Trust me, I know that there are many bad decisions made my parents, but our decision to homeschool is not one of them. Letting toddlers play alone outside, letting a child scream in a restaurant, not hugging and kissing them everyday and letting them know they are loved, not being consistent...those are bad decisions made by parents. Although I do appreciate some people's seemingly great concern for my children, I think their attention and focus would be better spent directed toward their own families.
*Please Note: I do not believe that homeschooling is the best decision for every family. However, it is the best decision for mine .... for many different reasons.