Taking the direction of the North American meaning of the word in Google for weird as, “induce a sense of disbelief or alienation in someone.” Why do some of us even want to think about homeschoolers as being “weird”?
Living in a world that takes time to tolerate and accept change, homeschooled children are subjected to criticisms as homeschooling gains more popularity. Isn’t is a common practice for people to be curious about something new, something they’ve never experienced before? Unfortunately, when some of us aren’t able to try it out, we tend to have negative comments, up to the extent of making others feel bad about it.
This type of schooling brings the parent and child closer together. You will see stronger bonds formed in most aspects of the family life. You, as a homeschooling parent will be able to address your child’s needs right away and also enforcing discipline as soon as possible.
Being able to have freedom in teaching and inspiring your child in their studies and in their life enables them to grow in their strengths and work on their weaknesses which in the end helps them grow into a well rounded adult.
Getting back to the question “Are homeschoolers weird?”, in fact, they can be, but in a good way. Another meaning found in Google for weird is “suggesting something supernatural; uncanny.” this can be related to your child if you decide to add the Bible to their homeschool curriculum. Is your child related in some way to the supernatural? Yes, and that would be Jesus and His Father who is supernatural beings. Is this good? Yes.
You shouldn’t worry too much about what others will think. If you do, then you have lost the battle against the social bullies of our modern times. What you should be focusing on is your child’s education and growth towards God and how your child will be a loving person.
You might also hear that other children will usually be talking about their school and their achievements. This shouldn’t bother you or your child at all! Everyone has different priorities and views. If these types of conversations become too stressful, then it is a great time for your child to practice changing the topics of conversations. Teach them how to segway into play or to other fun topics of conversations. Your child’s difference in schooling can be their strength. You can teach them important conversational techniques they can use when socializing feels like a roast.
People will usually say what they want on social media or in person based on their knowledge and acceptance. You shouldn’t take their comments personally. Remember of things that really matter, not only for you, but for your child. Don’t let personal beliefs and social norms affect you. Focus on the benefits of homeschooling your child. If you look for negative factors, you will definitely see them, but if you analyze the advantages of it, you will later on tell yourself that you have never been happy with this decision.
For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.