Socialization is one topic I’ve never written about because, honestly, I have always felt it was a non-issue.
I see right through the question about lack of socialization in homeschool for what it really is. Those questions are actually statements of mistrust about operating outside the accepted institutions of society.
So whenever I heard “What about socialization?” I translated it into “What?! How can you leave the confines of the educational institution! That’s not safe!”
So, what about socialization?
In China I had this question constantly:
How will your daughter have friends?
How will she learn Chinese?
I reminded them of her fluent Mandarin to debunk the second concern. For the first one, I had a sly response.
Oh, you send our child to school for friends!? I thought school was for learning!
My incredulous expression usually showed them how silly their thinking was.
Now that we are back in America, I was initially surprised that no one has brought up this issue at all. But I think I figured it out.
The proof is in the pudding.
My guess is that if people have met my teen, they instantly perceive that this child has above average social skills: empathy, polite speech, intelligent conversation, and discernment.
How can you question socialization in the face of such an excellent example? You can’t.
So if you have young children and are still facing the socialization question, just patiently wait. In the years to come, as you invest in your child, the fruit of your choice will be evident.
Presenting our kind and confident children to the world is our best defense against the socialization attack.
(And because I know you’re wondering now, here is the origin of the saying “the proof is in the pudding.”)
Thanks to roboppy for the awesome pudding pic.
I want to hear all your great stories about the socialization question/non-issue, so feel free to leave a comment.