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Has anybody had this thrown their way?
My dw and I plan to homeschool our son, who is almost four. We are both teachers ( although I quit when ds was born) in our small town which only has one elementary school. My dw stilll works at this school, so we are starting to be asked about him- when is he coming, etc. I haven't told my family yet- I know what the reaction will be. The feeling is that we are too involved/smothering/never get a babysitter (ap) type parents.That we are depriving him of school. My family was appalled that ds was still nursing at age 2....and I never mentioned the fact that he just recently weaned at age 3 1/2! I don't want to get into a position of defending our decision to homeschool, but I 'd love some one-liners....
 

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subbing...I'm worried about this too, as my husband will be a teacher next year. We're not even pg yet, but I would like to do unschooling with our future children.
 

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Yammer yammer is what I call it. Pass the hummus.

Don't bite at the bait. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

I don't discuss EFB with dolts, either. Unless they are lactating or pregnant and ask.
 

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I got that from a friend who hadn't done any research on homeschooling. I gave her a few quick, polite answers to her questions, then said I would send her some links to check out. I sent her many many many links, so if she is really interested she can easily find stuff out for herself. I think I sent her so much info that she doesn't want to bring it up with me anymore.
 

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Originally Posted by lberk
I don't want to get into a position of defending our decision to homeschool, but I 'd love some one-liners....
Well, this amounts to more than one liners, but you might get a lot out of David Guterson's book, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense, because he write it as a reaction to all the hassles he got from people when he was teaching in a small town high school while homeschooling his own children with his wife - and it's very articulate. So maybe he has some points you could condense down to some good one liners
- Lillian
 

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well, when i talk about it, i simply say "no, i'm not going to 'let' my child become institutionalized and likely institutionally abused by the school system."

of course, i have no children, but i do talk about how i 'hope' to homeschool. and in talking to this, i get a lot of 'you'll change your mind' and 'don't you want your child to get the experience that you did?" (definately NOT--see above!) and 'homeschooling is a really bad idea. . ."

so, i usually say this. And i explained how i was put down by teachers, teased and bullied and ultimately sexually assaulted by classmates IN FRONT OF teachers who did nothing to stop it, and when we complained to the admin, they said "well, kids are cruel sometimes!"

and my parents still put me in that environment. freakin' madness.
 

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OMG! Why won't you let your dc go to school?


It helps to think about what your family members will ask you and be able to answer them immediately and efficiently. That's what I did.

My parents were no problem as I was partially homeschooled, but DH's parent's are both very public-educated people. My DH's Dad is a principal and my DH's mother is a literary specialist. Today they both tell me what a wonderful job I am doing. Good luck.
 
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