Not all our family and friends approve of homeschooling, or believe that homeschooling works. So now what?
It may not really matter to you. Everyone has an opinion about everything, after all. Homeschooling is like religion or politics; there will always be some people that disagree.
It's not their decision. Each parent is responsible to make their own decisions for their children. Those decisions should be based on the child and their options, not based on what extended family or friends say. After all, the parent knows the whole situation, and can make a much better decision that someone who doesn't have all the information. Even if that is grandma.
Homeschooling can provide quality academics. Over the years there has been a lot of research done of the efficacy of homeschooling. Homeschoolers just test better, in general, across the board. That doesn't mean that your child will suddenly score off the charts, just because of homeschooling, of course! But it does mean that homeschooling is an effective means of teaching academics.
Homeschoolers are successful every day. Colleges are very familiar with homeschoolers now. College admission and scholarships are available to homeschool students. Parents can graduate their children with a diploma and high school transcript from home. Our students are prepared for college and careers. We can socialize our children in a multi-age environment that is much closer to the real world, allowing them to be better prepared for adulthood.
If you would like to share statistics with friends or family, this is an excellent downloadable pdf report with research-based answers to questions about homeschooling: Home Education Reason and Research.
Share the report, but stand strong in your decision to homeschool. You can do this! And I can help. If you would like support along the way, consider the Gold Care Club: Gold Care Club Homeschool Support.