Originally Posted by mommajb
I have a special request for discussion.
How did putting your children in school affect your friendships? So much of my social life has been with other homeschoolers. With only one child (of five) in school I am not sure where I fit and neither are many of the women I see on a regular basis. I am not sure what I am looking for but I would like to hear what other people dealth with and then how. TIA
Well, I kinda cheated. I decided that, with the girls both in school this year, I would
be able to focus on DS' needs properly. Last year, he was in school and doing horribly- that school was just a very bad fit for him. So I'm homeschooling him this year.
Every single year, since I started HSing, I've had some in school and some at home. I have yet to have a year with all of them home, and I haven't had a year with all of them in school since I first started HSing.
So I'm still part of the HS group, and I'm still in touch with many of my HSing friends, but it's a different subset of the group because I have an 8yo instead of a preteen/teenager. The moms of DD2's friends have kids around DD2's age, not DS' age. Only a few families have kids in both age brackets. So I'm barely in touch with some of my old aquaintances, and I've made some new friends.
My closest friends, though, were never through the HSing community. I'm closest with people who go to my shul (synagogue) who live near me. I felt I "fit in" very well with the HSing community, but I never managed to make any very close friendships there.