Our son is only 2 and a half, but DH and I have all but officially decided to home school him. My family is great with this decision, b/c my mom HSed my siblings and me for many years, so it’s nothing new. HOWEVER, we live in the same town as my DH’s family, and HSing to them is something totally foreign… for those of you that homeschool we get the “Huh? :ehh:” look. Familiar?
SO, I was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips on things to say when the conversations come up (and they do regularly) from grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc, on “It’s time for little _ to start pre-school, isn’t it? Where are you going to send him?” My darling Mother in law even says things like, “Well, why don’t we think about putting him in this preschool program this fall?.. I’ll pay for it.” :eek: We’ve explained repeatedly that we’re going to homeschool him. She hasn’t said this directly, but I’m very sure she thinks that HSing him would be very detrimental to his social development :rolleyes: … he’s very outgoing. “How’s he going to learn to take turns, and raise his hand, and get in line?” Those are seriously the points she raises. I know he would have great fun with the kids in a preschool, but I also know that there are other ways to let him interact… like the great Catholic HS group in the area. It’s funny, besides me (and I consider myself to be very socially adept despite my many years of HSing ), she’s only really been around one other HSing family, and they truely were socially backwards (but that wasn’t b/c of the homeschooling), and she chooses to associate the results of HSing in general with THAT family instead of with mine, and I think that my experience is the norm, and not the exception.
So I guess I’m hoping y’all have suggestions on talking to MIL, with whom we have a close relationship, and other extended family members, with whom we are not as close. DH and I are at our wits end, esp with his mother, b/c she just doesn’t seem to hear the words we say. (BTW, this is typical of her personality… it’s very hard to get her mind off something once she’s decided it must be done/not done.)