Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Homeschooling... *sigh* the comments!

The majority of the people in our lives fully support us homeschooling the kids. Kid1 is the only one that has done any type of schooling so far for Kindergarten and 1st grade, and will continue with 2nd grade in the fall. Also this fall Kid2 will be doing a preschool curriculum with me (not paid to advertise at all, just love this curriculum).

We recently had to travel for a funeral on my husbands side of the family, got a few shocked looks when people found out we were homeschooling and a few "oh you poor dear, you don't get a break from them." Yeah I don't, but don't really expect one when making the choice to homeschool :)

One person asked what sports Kid1 was playing/interested in. To which I replied none. I explained how he tried soccer shots and enjoyed it but we discovered that, at least at this point, he doesn't have the competitive drive in him that is needed for sports. Someone would take the ball during their little 'games' and he would just look like, oh okay, whatever. My husband and I aren't very much into sports at all so they are never watched at the house (besides a random game or two here and there). Well this person did not like my answer. They replied "Well if he went to a real school he would be around kids a lot more and then he would be more interested in sports and would want to play sports."

It is frustrating to hear those things because who says he would be interested in sports if he went to a public school? We don't want to push him into playing anything. We've talked about different sports and such with him, but he has no desire to play them/try them for a season, which we are fine with. My husband didn't care for this persons remarks either, but they are family, so we just changed the topic to something else.

Is it wrong for us to not push him into play sports? He has other interests which we are going to pursue. For instance, he wants to learn the play the guitar, and we are going to get him lessons to learn how to play (everyone around here that teaches wouldn't start a child on guitar prior to a minimum of 2nd grade). He is involved in Awana, which he absolutely loves going to. We haven't pushed to have him do more mainly because of his age - he has plenty of time to figure out extra things he wants to do. He is around kids, maybe not as much as other kids are, but he does get his social interaction in and knows how to socialize just fine with people and knows how to/not to act around people too :)

Have any of my readers ever run into situations like this? How did you handle them?