By threatened I mean do feel the disapproval of friends /neighbours or family members because you homeschool? I find the more secure a person is in their parenting the more accepting and tolerant they are of mine. The more insecure the more opposed they are to homeschooling or god forbid UNSCHOOLING my kids.
My daughter, has been more able to understand more fully the complexities of human nature and asking more questions about our family and her friends parent’s reaction to her homeschooling. She is ten now and I don’t field as many situations for her- parents are likely to “challenge” her homeschooling or make her feel badly about freedoms she has that other kids don’t. Today it was sunny but a bit chilly out and she had no jacket and another parent was wanting her kids to wear a jacket and they pointed out that E. did not have one. The parent said well. she should and E. told her that she didn’t get cold and didn’t like to be constrained by a jacket (!). The parent did an disapproving smirk type thing.
I spoke to her a little about how some parent may feel threatened by others doing things differently and it makes it hard for them to just lay down arbitrary rules for their kids when there is someone right there who can make their own choices. I have been really thinking about balancing this – so that parents don’t “hate” her but letting her be free and true to herself and not feel pressure to conform just so parent will like her.
Not sure how to do this one. I have a hard time myself and I am in my forties!
Having one of those days where I feel tired from constantly swimming upstream.