My kids sometimes pick their noses and wipe their snot with their sleeves in public. They are not always the most polite kids. They don't always put the needs of their friends first when they come to play. They also chew with their mouths open, forget to say please and thank you, and sometimes they go a little wild and run all over the place. They also have a tendency to talk back sometimes and not want to do any school work of any kind. They also just learned today to stand when singing the National Anthem.
There is a good chance that most kids fall into the same category, but most likely they are not home schooled.
Most school going kids have a few more influences to consider in their upbringing. It's a fact. Spending most of the day 5 days a week with teachers and friends DOES have influence on a person as would spending that much time with ANYONE.
We homeschool our kids so we have ONLY ourselves to BLAME when our kids are not perfect. Not that they don't interact with other people, but let's face it. They spend 80-90% of their day with me. It is our crappy parenting and homeschooling skills that have created wait for it.....NOT PERFECT CHILDREN.
Oh wait a minute....They are only 7,5,2 and a Newborn. That's right, they are CHILDREN and they are LEARNING to become friends that share, adults with manners and people that can fit in and function in society.
Why is it that just because we homeschool, do some parents believe our kids have to be 'perfect'? Why is it that if they fall any bit short of that then we blame OURSELVES and ONLY ourselves? Why are we so hard on ourselves?? To prove that homeschooling works? I know I DON'T homeschool my kids because I think they will somehow turn out better. I just know it is what is best for our family. I cannot expect them to be angels in school or out all of the time so why on earth am I soooooooooooooo hard on myself and them when they demonstrate their weaknesses in public or in front of a friend?? I don't have anything to prove so why is the first thing I question when my kids embarrass me in public is homeschooling??
It is not fair to me. It is not fair to them and it is not fair to homeschooling.
So I won't do it anymore if you won't.