What are some of the strangest reactions you have gotten when you tell someone that you homeschool? There are always the common “Oh, I could never do that.” or “You must be SO patient!”. So tell us, what did the person/people say, who were they (your parents, the grocery store cashier, neighbor, etc.)? Please share! I think it would be awesome if we could get a good long list going of the common, and not so common responses that homeschoolers receive. We may be able to arm some brand new homeschoolers with knowledge and preparation for some of the more ignorant folks they may meet out there.
I was in a grocery store one time with my kids, then 2nd and 1st grade, plus a 4 year old. We were innocently shopping for lunch meat in the deli department, when an older lady came up to us and asked my children why they weren’t in school. My oldest said, “We homeschool, and we’re done with our work now.” (It was around 11:30 in the morning.) She looked at me and said, “It amazes me how just anyone thinks they can teach kids! No college, no nothing… You know you can’t protect them from everything. They need to live in the REAL world you know!”
At this point, the kids and I were standing with our mouths open, because we’d never encountered anyone who was deliberately hostile toward us. All I could think of to say was, “My children read, write and do math very well. This works for our family. It isn’t for everyone.” She grumbled and walked away shaking her head. (So did we!) This was only the beginning of our second year homeschooling, and it was very disconcerting to me. I wish I’d had something better to say!