We have all heard it. We all have to defend against it. The very first thing I hear as soon as I mention that we are going to homeschool is what about their socialization or don't you think it is important that they mix with other children outside the family.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about this. What exactly is socialization and why is it important that a child mixes with other children outside the family?
Now my children do lots of mixing with other children outside of school. They go to a kids club, scouts, musical theatre and play soccer.
Now after much thought and prayer about this I am asking questions. I think that many people say things without really thinking about it. They don't really know what it is that a child will lack because they haven't mixed with other children in a school setting.
So for all those that think that children should attend school. I would like to know:
What is an unsocialized child like? What skills do they lack?
What age should a child start mixing with other children outside their family?
Do you think that a parent should choose the types of children their child mixes with and stop them from mixing with children who's parents have a different philosophy to us?
These questions are genuine questions. I have thought long and hard about them because I do want the best for my children. I am opening comments up and letting anonymous comments for this because I want to get answers. I will still be moderating comments though.