[quote="Em_in_FL, post:10, topic:210463"]
May I chime in without being flamed? :o
Honest, innocent discussion. :)
I think many people have different interpretations of what "socialization" means. I truly believe homeschooled kids have plenty of opportunities to "socialize" with other children. I don't think they're isolated or unable to play with other children or any of that! :)
I think the idea of homeschooling is that you desire to *control *their environment. That's an individual parenting decision based on what works best for your family, and I totally respect that! :thumbsup:
However, my interpretation of "socialization" is not what I described above... that's "socializing" (I know, I making up terms here, but just work with me :D)...
I view "socialization" as *experiencing society* - INCLUDING the good and bad aspects that kids will inevitably be exposed to.
I understand that many parents would have a hard time with this... that's why homeschooling is a great option for you!
But, from a different parenting perspective - I WANT my kids to have these struggles. I WANT them to come home and have to work through challenging situations. For me, THAT's part of my motivation for sending my kids to an away-school.
So I just view it as different parenting styles... one where "socialization" (aka, experiencing the good and bad aspects of real society) is part of the education process.
So, while I don't know how other non-homeschoolers interpret "socialization"... I'm wondering if they may have similar as I do? Not so much from the perspective of spending time with other kids (aka "socializing"), but experiencing those challenges on their own as a matter of parenting style...
:o Don't flame me... hope this explains a different point of view and why the questions may be asked in the first place. :)
Hi Em--I'll try to type fast before anyone flames you. ;)
The family is the building block of society. Family life alone already offers* plently* of opportunity to struggle with sin and work through tough situations. Believe me, we are not a sin-free family. We *all *must struggle with sin and learn to get along with our fellow sinners. The only question is which sins and which sinners do we want to struggle with?
Many people mean "socializing" when they ask the "socialization question." I'm glad you recognize the difference. Side comments that might help you put this topic in perspecting. In my homeschool experience, those who are most likely to ask the "socialization" question in real life, mean opportunities to socialize. They tend to be the "social butterfly type" (who often don't strike me as people who aquirred a great deal of education from their schools.) One of my children is that "social-butterfly" type--and if he attended school, he'd likely spend the majority of the day chatting and distracting others, instead of doing his school work and aquirring an education at school.
Goodness, I hear one of those difficult situations developing as I type this. I better go. They are already home (because they never left), and I now get to work through the situation with them. Hey, and in the time that I spent re-viewing this post before hitting the submit button, it resolved without me! Yeah!