What to Say When They Ask, Because They Will

You’re out and about for the day with your kids. Oh, yes, it is a regular school day but you aren’t regular. You homeschool, you’re sort of …. different.
Your kids just finished piano lessons and you stop at the store to get a few items.
And there she is, that lady, well actually a new one this time but you can see it in her
face, she’s about to ask you, get ready, here it comes; “Are they all yours?” And then, here it comes, get ready for it; “Are they sick? Shouldn’t they be in school?” Now what?

Well, instead of standing there in confusion or frustration because you know this happens every week, somewhere, sometime when you are out and about, let’s get you prepared for the inevitable.

I presented this little workshop some years back to our homeschool group. It’s very simple and it prepares you and your kids for these questions that are never going away.
This simple plan builds your confidence. Jesus said we should be ready to give an answer for the hope we have inside us. So, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to prepare ourselves, to be able to answer these questions, and not be left to fumble for words, when we get caught off guard.

Let’s Get Started
Think of all the questions you have ever been asked about homeschooling….
Here are few to get your started?

Why would you want to do that?
Do you think you’re smart enough to do that through high school?
Here’s a good one that was put on me the summer before I started in 1993.
Aren’t our schools good enough for you? (If you know our city you could probably guess what area she represented.)
What about socialization?
Don’t you think they will miss something?
Do they have any friends?

Now, what about the kids?
Think of all the crazy questions they’ve had come their way.
Probably the one that causes the biggest hiccup is the inevitable; What grade are you in?  ahh, ahh 3rd & 4th? That one is hard to explain, so this is a great opportunity to work on some vocabulary skills and word usage.

I think you get the idea so sit down with the kids and have some fun.
Work together remembering all the questions you’ve ever had come your way
and take some time to work on thoughtful, helpful answers. Help those folks outside the homeschool community see that homeschooling is a great opportunity and your family can handle the conversation no matter what direction it goes. And remember, be nice.
Ignorance comes across in a negative way sometimes, but there are still lots of people who just don’t understand the why or how of homeschooling. They need your help.

Proverbs 15:1-2  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.