Keep it Classy: The Sisters’ Guide to Dealing with Homeschool Doubters {S1E12}

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Keep it Classy: The Sisters’ Guide to dealing with homeschool doubters {S1E12}

It’s never easy when someone questions you about something as close to your heart as homeschooling. So in this episode, the sisters address how to handle homeschool doubters. What can you say when you first make the decision to homeschool? Is it worth it to argue? Will arguments even work? And what about the upcoming holidays- exactly what do you say when between bites of green bean casserole, your uncle leans across the table and tells you that you are ruining your kids’ lives? (It happens, sisters- and here’s what you can do.)

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9 thoughts on “Keep it Classy: The Sisters’ Guide to Dealing with Homeschool Doubters {S1E12}

  1. Allie says:

    Thank you so much for this episode of the podcast and all the links above! We just started homeschooling this year, and I’m shocked at how many people feel the obligation to challenge our choice (!!!), and it’s especially hard having public school educator in-laws! I couldn’t be more grateful for the helpful response advice (“because we love it!”). I needed that. Thank you also for the range of topics, the positive perspective, and the candor. I feel like you’re the BFFs that I prod for helpful info every week 🙂

  2. Abigail T says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I had no idea that “quizzing” of homeschooled kids was even “a thing.” I choked down a sob when you talked about it because (apparently I hadn’t realized) that topic has been weighing on me lately. It was SO incredibly helpful to get some tips for one-liners to use to respond to those kinds of situations.
    We are just starting out homeschooling my 4 year old (basically continuing what we’ve been doing for the entirety of his life—involving him in our daily lives and work in developmentally-appropriate ways, helping him learn how to function in and be a part of the real world as a person of integrity and character, teaching him the skills he needs to become a life-long-learner, etc etc).
    I’ve been blindsided twice just recently when, after I told some friends and acquaintances that we are homeschooling, they started quizzing my son on letters and words and other things that would not typically just come up in a normal conversation between adults and kids in that context. I felt myself being quizzed and challenged. I was embarrassed. I didn’t know how to respond….
    My son probably didn’t care much about what was going on, but I felt bad for him being put on the spot like that. And I was discouraged that the adults asking the questions thought the questions were something any kid should know (they obviously haven’t tried teaching a child to read recently, much less tried learning to read themselves).
    Anyway, I was encouraged to find that this “quizzing” isn’t unusual. I wish it weren’t, but it’s helpful to be prepared. I was homeschooled myself, and I remember nothing like this ever happening to me before—I’ll have to ask my mom about it because I’m sure she remembers more than I do.
    I do remember the funny looks and questions from strangers when we were out in the wide world during school hours. At least that seems a little less common now 20 years later….but no less irksome.
    Long story short: Thank you for putting yourselves out there on your blogs and in this podcast. I’m sure you’re helping out a lot of other homeschool moms out there. I know you’ve brightened my perspective many times. Keep it up!

  3. Stephanie Sanders says:

    Aloha Sisters,

    It seems to be about once a year my seven year old son will ask if he can go to school like the rest of his neighborhood buddies. A seemingly simply request for most folks sends me into a tail spin.. What is going wrong? I thought he loved unschooling? Is he missing out on something? What is he really asking for? Do we need more structured time? So I ask him why. And he says “why do we always have to be different?” That is a tough question for him to ponder and for me to answer. Of course I say that this is the life that we chose for our family and rattle off some of the obvious perks of not being in school but this is where I become reticent for a the reasons we homeschool are so deep. I’d love to hear from some sisters who are going through or have gone through the “I want to go to school like everyone else” phase.

    With Aloha
    Stephanie

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