Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
Over the past month I’ve received several emails from readers asking about a question I have no idea how to answer.
The emails sound a bit like this (used with permission):
“I have three little ones and have been homeschooling for two years now. My mom has been a teacher for decades and does not support our decision to homeschool. It is difficult not to carry that as a burden.
I believe so strongly in what we are doing for our family, but I guess I’m just curious how others handle a lack of support or encouragement from those most important to them.”
At times my own family members have been curious about our decision to homeschool–what it means, what it looks like–but I consider myself extremely blessed that we’ve never had to deal with direct conflict or blatant disapproval over it.
I know many of you have had to walk this difficult road, and I hope you’ll share your experiences today to help those who are just navigating these challenging waters.
Considering homeschooling in the best of circumstances can be frightening, but adding in extra stresses from family can make it feel truly overwhelming.
Which leads to our question for the day:
What should I do if my family disapproves of homeschooling? How should I approach the topic? What if family members make negative remarks about our choice in front of my children?