By: Krystle Crossman
One of the biggest stereotypes about children who are home-schooled is that they do not learn how to effectively socialize with other children. This is in fact not true for most. Homeschooling can actually be great for a child’s social skills. Here are three reasons why:
1. Yes, when children do not go to public schools with other kids they may miss out on some stuff such as talking about what happened on their favorite television show last night or talking about who they “like”. But they also miss out on other things that may not be so great for them to be around in the first place. They will not have to listen to other kids swearing, speaking badly about others, and most importantly they will not have to worry about being bullied. They won’t have to go through the stress of trying to have the ‘right’ clothes so that they won’t get picked on, they won’t have to worry about being rejected by their peers, they don’t have to worry about trying to fit in with a clique.
2. When children grow up and get jobs, they are not thrown into a room with a group of other people who are all the same age and have similar likes and dislikes. They will experience diversity and generation gaps. Children who are taught at home have an advantage because they are able to go out on ‘field trips’ with their parents and experience diversity wherever they go as opposed to being in a classroom for hours during the day with people that are just like them.
3. Family is one of the most important things that you can have in life and when your child is home-schooled you get a lot more time with them. Family values can be taught and the children are in a comfortable environment with people they love. As the parent and the teacher you become a role model for your child. They will observe how you interact with others and learn from it.