Anyhow, all this to say, I'm really strongly considering HSing but I have one gigantic hesitation which is the social piece. I'm sorry to say that I can think of only a small handful of people I know who were homeschooled and they were all very....different. Very sheltered, extremely socially awkward, had a hard time fitting in, lacked confidence etc. I truly do not mean to be offensive, and I'm hoping you can all set me straight and tell me how ridiculous this stereotype is and back that up. Because it is my number one hesitation. All the families I knew were very religious (which I am religious myself but not in the same way as it worked for these families) and it seemed maybe like they were trying to completely shut the outside world out. I dont know. What I do know is that these kids struggled socially into their adult years and I don't want that for my kids. If they're going to end up like the families I know, I'd rather have them bored in school wasting time, because I think these kids were really unhappy too. I'm assuming thy had social outlets of some sort through homeschool groups or church but maybe it wasnt enough?
So set me straight, y'all. Tell me I can raise kids who are not socially inept without putting them in school. Tell me I can meet my extremely extroverted kid's social needs without putting him in school. Tell me there are other normal, social, parents like me out there who we can hang out with. This has to be the case, right?