Originally Posted by chfriend
My line is .... because it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys
: I think I'll ammend my standard response: "Because we crazy hippies are having more fun than a barrel of monekys".
I mean nobody wants to hear "We like our freedom" because the unsaid is "You obviously don't care about yours". And the other person has to think "Well, I like my freedom, but I have to work"...or whatever. Really, just as hsers have no desire to hear good things about school, "My friend was talking about how her kid had a Japanese food cooking series in social studies, and I just didn't want to tell her 'Well, we had a Japanese friend come to cook at our house, so obviously our experience was more bettah' "
schoolers don't really want to be put on the spot, either, to think they have to defend their children's happiness.
Schoolers aren't really interested in hearing "I homeschool because I love spending time with my kids". Because of course that means you don't. It's easier to just not get into the 'how can I prove our way is better' sound bytes, imo. Unless the person is mean...then all bets are off.
ETA-- Another thought. It helps me to think about who is asking. Is it another family considering hsing? If it is, I would share things like freedom etc. If the person asking is genuine...and more importantly... searchihng...I would not just laugh it off with 'crazy hippies'.