Originally Posted by SweetSilver
We are just beginning, but I have a feeling that the "real world" will be less of a shock to my kids when they are let loose. As to how to relate to school kids? Well, that's just like visiting another region.
The "real world" hasn't been a shock to my daughter at all, because she was never "let loose"... she was never held back, and she has been gradually becoming more and more independent, so there really isn't a big shift. Stuff like doing her own laundry and cleaning, handling college classes, working, handling her own bank account, cooking, using public transportation..... at 18 she started handling her own doctor and dentist appointments, because that was when she was legally able to, but nothing else really changed.
And relating to school kids? It's not like there's ever been a period in her life when she wasn't doing this, so for her it was just normal. Some kids go to school and some don't, and she's always had friends and interactions with both groups. Sure, some of their experiences have been different from hers, but everyone's experiences are different - some of her friends had siblings, or dads, or went to church every Sunday, or whatever, and there's never been a need to "adjust".
Maybe the issue is more about how much parents choose to keep their kids separated from the people and responsibilities of the real world. I don't think that's an unschooling thing, though, but rather a parenting choice.