Originally Posted by flyingspaghettimama
Friends are also probably why you also started hanging out with the punk crowd - to find acceptance and your own social milieu.
A huge, major reason I want to homeschool my kids is so that they can carve their own niche, not jam themselves into someone else's. If my kids' niche is the dorky-hair, dorky-clothes, prefers-to-be-with-adults niche, that's completely cool with me, as long as it's what my kids want, not what they settle for. There's SO MUCH social pressure in school to find a "group" or a "clique," and ime that pressure was what made me find the druggies, not the sincere desire to hang out with druggie punks. I don't think kids need a group of friends to meet their social needs or be happy. I think they can have one or two special friends of any age and get what they need.