I sometimes read homeschooling blog articles talking about how to deal with criticism when you are out with your kids during school hours. I always thought that my kids were still little and I didn’t have to worry about that yet… Wrong!
Yesterday I had the boys with me while I had a blood test appointment at the Health Department. One of the first things the intake clerk said to my boys was “shouldn’t you be in school?”
I was shocked. All of those articles tell you how to answer if the person talks to you but never warned me that I had to coach my kid on how they should answer if confronted directly. Thankfully Shammy was quick to reply with “I home school” and I then pointed at Zen and said “he is too little for school”.
At first I could see in her face that she was judging and didn’t like the answer, then she went on the stereotypical quiz the child mode that so many adults seem to do when they run into a homeschooled kid.
After Shammy successfully passed her test and then without prompting proceeded to read one of the Ebola information signs on the wall her tune changed to “how old is he again? OMG how did you teach him to read? My 5 year old barely knows his alphabet, any tips of what I can do?”
By then end of our brief interaction she agreed that Shammy would be bored beyond tears if he were in Pre-K per his age and confessed she was amazed at how well he could read and do math at 4.
While I feel that she now has a better opinion of homeschooling based on our brief encounter. I can’t help but feel annoyed that my kid had to be tested on the spot to satisfy the curiosity of a stranger. Based on what I read on other blogs I may have to get used to it but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Have you dealt with this? How did you handle it?