‘You can’t protect them forever’
‘Children need to get used to the real world’
What is this ‘real world’ you speak of?
Is it being indoors all day? Or is it the freedom to play and explore inside or outside depending on what interests you?
Is it sitting at a desk for most of the day? Or is it moving your body however you need to?
Is it eating on schedule? Or is it listening to your body and eating and drinking as needed?
Is it asking permission to use the bathroom? Or is it being allowed the simple courtesy of deciding when to do that for yourself?
Is it learning things according to what others think you should know? Or is it following your own interests, passions, and goals?
Is it socialising with only people your own age? Or is it building friendships unrestricted by the confines of age?
Is it learning from a text book? Or is it learning through experience when things become relevant or necessary?
Is it being constantly tested and evaluated? Or is it learning just for the love of it? Because it has a purpose for your particular life?
Is it meeting standards and developing at the same pace as everyone around you? Or is it following your own path?
Is it being required to wear the exact same clothes as everyone else? Or is it being an individual, expressing yourself, knowing who you are?
Is it only one answer to life’s questions? And one person who holds it? Or is it the thrill of finding your own answers, in your own way?
Is it being confined to one place, day after day? Or is it getting out in your neighbourhood, meeting people, being involved in your community?
Is it being told where you must be every day, and what you must do? Or is it the freedom to plan your own life and make your own choices?
I don’t want to protect them forever. The world is a magnificent place and they are part of it every day. We don’t homeschool so that we can keep our children away from the world. We homeschool because we want to give them more. More than school can provide. More childhood, more freedom, more autonomy, more fun, more learning, more choices, more respect, more responsibility, more individuality, more time, more meaningful relationships, more family. MORE of the real world.