I'm quite new to all of this so please bare with me!
I was just looking for some feedback as to how you all cope with peoples negative comments regarding home schooling.
We are home schooling our two boys 10 & 7 1/2 yrs and also have a little toddler 20 mths. We have recently moved house and had been speaking to our new neighbours who asked what school our boys went to. I explained we home schooled the boys and all the disadvantages of school and the wonderful advantages of home schooling. I was then told off like a naughty school girl in front of the kids!:embarrassed:
They went on to tell me they know all about class sizes etc and inform me that they are a retired school teacher and headteacher!
She said "I used to tell my pupils life is NOT about doing what YOU WANT to do so get used to it"... Such wonderful insight don't you agree?
She questioned me non stop about socialising and curriculum and more....
I was dazed to say the least after that and disheartened at peoples lack off encouragement for using our valued time to educate our children, spending time and enjoying time with our kids, seeing them develop their skills and truly being apart of it. Not just getting a rushed 5 minute parents night talk twice a year telling us what your child is not doing...
Later that night I got a dressing down from a family member in front of the kids again on how they were social misfits and would be unable to make friends or have friends he then went on to ask my son hard maths questions which upset my son as he was so stressed he couldn't answer them.
My son later apologised for not knowing the answer and said he would go back to school if it meant I didn't get anymore hassle! Poor wee thing!
Anyone had any similar experiences and how do you handle the question why are your children not in school?