So my kids aren't socialized.
What counts as socialization you ask? I have no idea - none at all - not after hearing officially from the expert in the family that my kids aren't socialized.
Does playing with kids on the block count? Nope.
Does teaching the younger kids on the block how to play games count? Nope.
Does learning games from the older kids on the block count? Nope.
Does organizing a lemonade stand with the other kids (ranging in ages from 4 to 12 and many different races) to raise money for an Iraqi hospital count? Nope.
Does having kids over to play at our house count? Nope.
Does playing over at other kids' houses count? Nope.
Does meeting people and socializing - whoops sorry didn't mean to use that 'socializing' word (because they're not socialized you know) - Let's see...reword, reword...Does meeting people and talking count? Nope.
Does taking part in the library reading group count? Nope.
Does being in gymnastics, swimming or karate count? Nope.
Does going on outings with the k-12 cyber school count? Nope.
Does visiting with Mom-mom and John-John, Uncle Eddy, little Eddy, or Aunt Kathy (or any of a hundred other relatives) count? Nope.
None of that counts, you see. So you tell me - what the hell is this socialization they're all talking about?
This magic socialization that occurs in government education must consist of sitting at a desk for 6 or 7 hours, not speaking unless given permission after raising a hand, holding having to go to the bathroom until the designated times, making sure that one has the 'best' friends and sits in the 'best' spot at lunch etc., having ones performance measured against others performance, dealing with race or sex prejudice, not being given the freedom to work at ones level of ability.
I also just heard from another woman that my kids are 'isolated'. This woman does not know my kids, has not spent any time with them since I was the Daisy Scout leader which was 4 years ago. She knows I school at home - so in her mind my kids are 'isolated'. Well I set her straight on THAT one! You know Grizzly - you KNOW your Grizzly Mama. You know by now that I don't usually keep my mouth shut - huh.
Government schools are not nice places. For many the experience was traumatic and a living hell. That's your socialization. Bullshit.
You can take my kids anywhere. My kids are personable, enjoy spending time with just about anyone, any age, any race, any disability doesn't faze them. They're kind, they're fair, they are confident. They speak up. When appropriate they don't speak up. At times they misbehave or tangle with each other or push my buttons. I like my kids and I enjoy spending time with them. Magic socialization be damned.