The following is a post from Tabitha(wife to Tom, homeschooling mom to 8 kids ages 14 to 1, learning something new all the time)
Morals of the story:
- Show, don’t tell. We let our families and friends interact with our kids rather than try and prove they were doing well.
- Listen, don’t argue. We heard the complaints, but didn’t try to counter them with arguments of our own.
- Don’t criticize back. We didn’t tear down anyone else’s educational choices, just went on with our own.
- Wait. Let critics see results over time.
- Answer questions about homeschooling without trying to ‘convert’ anyone.
It’s not worth fighting anyone about whether you homeschool or not. They have no input to your children’s education. I trust that each parent who is truly interested in their children will help their child learn and be their best in whatever way they can, whether it be through home education, public school, private school, charter school, tutors, or some mix of all of the above. We can all just support each other without tearing down. We all have the same goals. After all, isn’t a balanced, happy adult what we all want our children to become?