My sisters are both public school teachers. My mom teaches preschool, and my daughter was in Mom's early preschool class for two years. When she turned four, she switched to a pre-k a couple days a week. My sisters are being incredibly negative about my daughter being home-schooled. We picked a program through a local school district so that she would have public school credit in case we decide at some point that we'd like her to go to a regular school. My mom was hesitant at first, but after we explained our reasoning and what the program was like, she agreed that it would be a good fit.
The sisters though...here's some of what they've said.
-She hasn't even gone to a "real" preschool! (What the heck were the two preschools she went to?)
-She is too hyperactive. She can't concentrate. (She's active, but NOT hyperactive. Trust me, as a teacher, Mom would have said something if she was truly hyperactive.)
-You can't do it. You're disabled. (Seriously? Because I have a muscle disorder I can't sit and do work with my daughter? Moving furniture and doing kindergarten classwork are two different ballgames. My husband and Mom have also said they would do their share to help if I need a break.)
-You're having another baby. You won't be able to do it. (Plenty of people have before me. Plenty of people will after me.)
-She won't be socialized. You can't do that to her. (She plays all afternoon with the neighborhood kids after they get home from school. She's also going to be starting 4-H and doing some sort of swimming or sports activities once we decide on one.)
-They're just going to skip kindergarten and enroll her in 1st grade later, and she'll fail. (Again - seriously?)
-She's already behind. (She was sounding out and copying words down at four. She passed the kindergarten entrance requirements when she entered pre-k. I'm not worried.)
I can't just stop seeing them, especially since our family is pretty close and my daughter loves seeing her cousins. Nobody else in the family has acted like this. Either they are excited about our choice, or they are curious and nice about it. What can you do to convince (or shut-up) people like this? Prove them wrong?