Homeschooling Essentials – A Grain of Salt

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Homeschooling Essentials

Although homeschooling is becoming more common, there are still many naysayers out there and many others that just don’t understand. Sometimes we are faced with negative remarks from family members or those that mean well but just don’t “get it.” That is why it is essential to take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

Some common remarks most homeschoolers may hear at one point or another:

“What about socialization?” (This is almost guaranteed.)

“Aren’t you afraid they’ll fall behind?” or a similar question referring to your “ability” to homeschool your children.

You may be accused of “sheltering” your children, pushing religion on your children, or even for “doing nothing” all day. It’s important to keep in mind that most people just don’t know. I know it’s hard, but you really must take it with a grain of salt or there are a lot of things that could really bring you down. Don’t let them! You have legitimate reasons for homeschooling. You want the best for your children, and you offer the best for your children.

I have some really witty comments for socialization and some real-life facts about how homeschooling is NOT contradictory to “socializing” children but rather more realistic because they are learning in the “real world” versus learning in a room full of same-age children, which isn’t realistic to life by any means! When was the last time YOU were in an environment with 20 other people around the same age as you? If you went to public or private school – that is probably the last time you were! Even colleges are so diverse that it isn’t likely! My favorite line is “I socialize my dog. I educate my children.” Ha!

Most of the time, though? I just take it with a grain of salt and say nothing. Why bother? I know we’re doing what is best for our children – what God is calling us to do – educate our children. It doesn’t matter what others say. What matters is that we’re following God’s Will for our family. Most of the time it’s best to just take it with a grain of salt and move on. Don’t let it get to you or bring you down. Focus on your reason and let it go in one ear and out the other.

Have you encountered these type of comments? Do you find it easy to take them with a grain of salt or slightly difficult?

89 Bloggers from the Schoolhouse Review Crew shared their Homeschooling Essentials this week as well! Don’t forget to hop around and read some of the other Homeschooling Essentials posts from them as well! I know you’ll be blessed!

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Shalynne @ Wonderfully Chaotic
Jody @ Because I’m Me
Melanie @ A Year of Jubilee Reviews
Nikki @ Angels of Heart
Sara @ Embracing Destiny
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity
Jennifer @ Simblissity Cottage
Kathy @ Kathys Cluttered Mind
Annette @ A Net in Time

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  1. Thegirlwhopaintedtrees says

    Great title. I haven’t really encountered those comments, but I do get people constantly telling me, “Oh, I could never do that, I am not patient enough,” to which I laugh because patience is not my strongest virtue; yet, I still homeschool!

  2. Very, very, very, very good advice. I find that if I focus on the truth of the matter, I can take it with a grain of salt… it’s when I’m doubting or insecure. oy!

  3. Sometimes it can be so challenging to take it with a grain of salt. You are right; we do need to focus on the fact that it’s what God has called us to do and to focus on that. Excellent advice and reminders, Emilee! Thank you!

  4. I think homeschooling is way better than going to public schools.

  5. Lynn Buttedal says

    I give you props! I wish I would of homeschool!

  6. Sandra Beeman says

    I’ve always believed if a person is willing to learn about a “different” means of doing things that it would make them less ignorant. Some people just can’t accept going about things any other way than their own. Their loss.

  7. Tara Berke Torres says

    I appreciate these resources, even with my children in public school.

  8. Thanks for sharing. sometimes the way children “socialize” in todays technology driven society is not always productive. they may be texting or playing video games and not even really talking so that’s not the best!

  9. Melissa Bowers says

    Yes! This is a very good point! I am currently homeschooling my three kiddos, ages 7, 6, and 4.

    Fortunately, most people around me are quite supportive of homeschooling. I do, occasionally, get “those” comments.

  10. Dorothy Boucher

    this is fantastic and it takes a special person to do what you are doing 🙂

  11. Darlene Jones-Nelson

    In this Day and Age (wow I sound old) I think its protecting the kids. There are too many Bad influences beyound your doors. Kids will be social with other kids you want them to be around, mind you there will be 1 or 2 that you would rather then not to. I know doing homeschooling does take Patience and I understand why people choose to do it.

  12. Lisa Coomer Queen

    I’m so glad the my grandchildren are homeschooled. I know it is hard. I will pass this on to my daughter. You’re a great Mom.

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