Maybe this can be of a help to someone struggling with skeptical family or friends:
Yes, but you never know what some of those people are thinking inside - I think sometimes they just don't want to admit their own doubts about their own opinions.
We were so lucky that no one ever bugged us about our homeschooling the whole time - it must be maddening to have to deal with invasiveness. - Lillian
Yeah, I posted this article on my FB page and, while in my mind it was geared towards my liberal, pro-public school skeptical friends, it seemed to really get negative responses from my conservative (long-skirted SAHM) friends! I can totally see why, and felt the need to backtrack a little. After re-reading, I realized it was elitist, though since it was in a publication geared towards moms who are doctors, I can see the point. Just not that great for the general public. But the list reasons for homeschooling is nicely written and good for any skeptics in your life. I'd probably just cut and paste those, and leave out the elitist intro, LOL :)
Yes the classism and elitism stank but overall it was a good article. I have my PhD in organic chemistry and many people can't possibly understand WHY I would choose to homeschool rather than pursue my career. This article has a lot of good points for dealing with people that have that mindset (i.e.- my parents and DH's family many of which are public school teachers). But yes, the elitism is stupid. I have "long-skirted" homeschooling mom friends and most of them are way better at this than I am and are far more intelligent and open-minded than some PhDs I know.
The one thing that surprised me about this article was that homeschooling made her stop spanking the kids. Like really? So, she's a pediatrician, a modern one, and she thought, before homeschooling, that spanking the kids was the way to go, but homeschooling opened her eyes? Just doesn't make sense to me. Yes, she's got a lot of good points otherwise.