I have been reading your posts and was wondering, where do you take your kids to make friends. My kids are 10, 12, 13 and 15. The homeschool group we belong to is really Christen(sp) and the kids really don't want to go. There are 3 groups around where we live, but all are religious. Any ideas? Thanks.
I have a 13 and 11 yr old who homeschool and we have a similiar problem. I have been taking them to anything and everything they are interested in as far as classes or groups. I also work hard to create groups with a few friend's kids etc. You have enough kids to have a group and invite some others. Also, our homeschool "teacher" has kind of matchmade my kids with other kids the same age who appear compatable to her.
Good luck, thanks for the thread, I will be watching for other good ideas as well!
My daughter has made friends through community theater productions, soccer, girl scouts, and through homeschooling connections I've made online. A lot of our teen friends have connected through Not Back to School Camp (www.nbtsc.org) and they take buses and trains and get together fairly often. They also spend a lot of time online chatting to each other...
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
My 14 yr old makes friends because of his interests. He made some through volunteering at a PBS TV studio to leanr to use the equipment he took classses from them, it was really fun. He has taken acrylic painting classes from the art league, some hs things at the local college and we belong to two large hs groups that have teen clubs.
It is my 9 yr old that has me worried
Mary hsing mom of ds14, ds9, ds5, dd3.
We ran into a situation very much like yours a few years back. So, we started our own "unschooling" group. I found many memebers by posting a sign at our local healthfood store and at a vegetarian pot luck which we have monthly in our area.
This helped find memebrs who are more like minded.
My kids also have a large group of friends who are schooled away from home. Our house is always open to their friends. I have a never ending group of teens who are in and out on a daily basis.
Vanna's mom had a could idea about art groups and things like that. My kids have always been involved with local theater groups and such.