I feel the same way sometimes. My view is that nothing is perfect--overall, I do think homeschooling is the best choice for our family, but I don't believe that it's a perfect
choice. I recognize that there are some aspects of public school that are really fun for kids--picking out a back pack each year, as one mama mentioned, and finding out which of your friends is in your class come September. And sometimes I feel guilty that my daughter isn't partaking in all the school experiences the other kids in the neighbourhood are.
I grew up in one neighbourhood, and went through public school and highschool with a lot of the same people. My highschool had a lot of school spirit and positive energy because we had all known each other for so long. Recently I've been reconnecting with some of those people on Facebook, and it's really fun to be a part of "the old gang" again. One person looked at a picture I had posted of my daughter and said "Wow, she looks just like you at that age!" and I had to think how amazing it was that this person remembered what I looked like when I was 8!
So that's one thing that I feel my daughter is missing out on, the feeling of belonging to a group, to a generation, to a graduating year, I'm not sure how to put it. Not that I have any fear about her making friends here and there--she's very social--but she won't have the same feeling I do when I look back at my highschool graduation pictures and see all the people I know so well all together, you know?
Of course I lived in a really special neighbourhood and my highschool was awesome too. I don't think my daughter would necessarily have that if she was in school, especially since there is a good chance we will move several times over the next few years.
And there were bad things about school too. The pubescent years were pretty painful in particular! And I didn't really enjoy highschool until the second half. But still, I worry that my daughter is missing out on something.
I suppose there is always a chance we may put her in highschool when she reaches that age. We're not sure about that yet. I don't think highschools in general are the same place they were in the early 90s when I was there.