And now I know... the rest of the story. Or at least what an oxbow lake is.
I was homeschooled (for most of my schooling) myself... so I heard all those comments directed at my parents. I'm pretty well-adjusted IMO.
I am a little on the shy side with people I don't know, but I think that is more to do with my personality than how I was schooled. My brother is really outgoing and "despite" being homeschooled is involved in all sorts of community events. He's 18 now... spent his HS years learning to do lights and sound for local music events, participating in community theatre and local youth events, taking building trade classes at the community learning center, taking Tae Kwon Do classes, working a part-time job, yada yada. Didn't study for the GED, but passed it with a score high enough to get a gold certificate (I think that might be the top 2% or 5% of all those tested). Sounds like he's really suffered, eh?
My kids are involved in a playgroup (handful of families) formed when my oldest was 9 months old. We all met online and over 4 years later we're still meeting pretty regularly. Most of her playmates are in preschool but one other family is HS'ing too so we're beginning to plan our own little field trips together. We're purchasing a membership to the nearby hands-on Museum, a really cool place. We go to the Library twice a week on average (and just appeared in a newspaper article about visiting the Library). We travel 30 minutes to go to the health food store and places to buy natural/Organic foods. We go to the mall sometimes to walk around and eat at Chick-fil-A or Auntie Anne's. My parents live in a "farm" outside of town- they have a Sheltie, a cat and four goats (one is pregnant again). Someday the timing will work out so dd can witness a goat birth! The kids can enjoy being outside at my mom's place, and she's very knowledgeable about birds, plants, trees, bugs etc so my kids learn a lot from her. We usually buy an annual pass to the State Parks in Indiana, the closest one is 15 minutes away where there's trails, playgrounds, a lake, a nature center, wildlife and more.
My kids suffer so badly
... imagine that they could just sit in a classroom all day and wish they were doing all the fun things they actually do get to do.