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I think that all homeschoolers have at least one friend or family member that gives them a hard time about homeschooling—at least in the beginning. In most cases, those that question your decision to homeschool are genuinely concerned about the children. Some may truly be seeking information. My experience has been that those that are against homeschooling are those that don’t know anything about it.
I recently found a website giving tips on how to defend yourself to your loved ones that are questioning your decision to homeschool. It does have some good tips, but fails to say that you don’t have to defend yourself if you don’t want to. If you like you could let everything go in one ear and out the other and then go on. You will know best how to handle your friends/family. If necessary, you may have to visit said friends/family less often. It’s unfortunate, but you have to do what’s best for your children.
Be aware that you will be asked questions. Taking the time to think some questions through and how you want to answer them will make you better prepared and more comfortable in answering these questions. You may also want to talk with your children about the questions they might be asked and how they might answer them.
As you continue to homeschool successfully the naysayers will come around. You may be surprised to one day find your biggest adversary complimenting you on a job well done.