I LOVE this suggested reply to the question many of us face at least few times a week. I wish I had thought of it all by myself!
This post gives several suggestions and is titled, “Shutting down the homeschool fight (before it even starts)” but I definitely like that one the best, “When I tell someone that we LIKE homeschooling, it immediately shuts down most potential negative responses.
Because expressing your own joy:
- isn’t judging their choices, which can make people feel defensive.
- isn’t an attempt to educate them, which only works if they are open to new ideas.
- isn’t indicating that you are up for a debate, or that you want to continue that particular line of questioning.
Why do we homeschool?
Because we love it. Thank you for asking.”
Expressing your joy…it’s true. It’s such a positive way to approach a potentially fraught situation. If I find it doesn’t works well, I’ll let you know! But I would be surprised if it didn’t.