Everyone has an opinion!
Doesn’t it seem like everyone has an opinion on the choices you make for yourself and your family? It can be extended family, friends, to the people you see in your day to day errands. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is best for your children and your family. Many of these people may have the best intentions and while they have those intentions it doesn’t mean you need to take their doubts and criticisms just because they exist. Most of the time it is best to be respectful, agree to disagree and move on. Sometimes it gets heavier and can weigh down on you. Just because everyone has an opinion doesn’t mean you need to listen to it.
What is your problem?
Many people are curious about what your issue is with the school system. They don’t understand why you would choose to spend the whole day with your children. They don’t understand how you, without a degree in education can, in fact, educate your children. They worry about your children’s social skills or “socialization”. They may come from a different time, location, or set of values. They may just not understand the reasons you choose what you choose. Sometimes it is great to explain why you are doing what you are doing but most of the time it is best to just say, this is what works for us right now and we love it.
All the opinions
All the opinions can get on your nerves, they can get in your head and even isolate you. The first year that we officially homeschooled, I tried not to address it. I specifically avoided the conversation when it came to people in the supermarket, and so on. I was scared, scared of the weird eye bulge they would give me, the stammering and then the opinions and criticisms. Many of the opinions are doubts, doubts about your ability and decision making like you aren’t going to try to make the very best decision for your family. Their doubts can slowly become your doubts especially when you are having a hard day or season in your homeschool.
Rely on your resources
Around this time of year, as the holidays are approaching and families are getting together and opinions are rapidly being gifted. What can you do when you are being plagued with opinions? You need to rely on your resources! Trust in yourself and your family. Trust your decision. Remember the reasons behind it. Let those reasons be okay for you. Avoid if you can, all the unsolicited advice. Stick to your commitment. Be on the lookout for new solutions, and rely on the support system.
Sometimes it is hard
Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it is lonely. But other times, it is amazing, it is magic and wonder-filled. You are building memories as well as human begins and these memories will last a lifetime. You do know what is best for you and your family. No one knows what is better for you and your family other than you. You got this! Don’t let their doubts become yours.
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Have you had to deal with a lot of opinions about your decision to homeschool? How do you deal with opposing opinions? Has anyone been downright rude to you? I would love to hear from you so comment down below!
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