Saturday, August 24, 2019

"Social" time! (AKA Life!)

Another one for the "but what about socialization?" file.  It never ceases to amaze me. Even people who know our children fairly well continue to ask this question. I just look at them with a bewildered expression. Seriously? Our children are in martial arts classes two to six days a week, with other children and adults they have trained with for almost seven years. That's longer than the timespan of elementary school. These are people they have bonded with, laugh with, encourage, console, fight and reconcile with, work with, play with, and grow with. I would have to say that three of these four homeschooled children have closer friends than my two older children who attended k-12 in traditional public school. Our one child who struggles a bit with that type of friendship is still doing better than he did while bullied in public school.

As I've shared before, the kids have friends from martial arts, from our church group, from their previous years in public school, and our neighborhoods. Why is it some people can't get their heads around the fact that the traditional classroom is not the only source pool for friends?  My daughter's best friend ended up leaving public school to attend a private school. Guess what? That didn't end their friendship because we know friendship transcends buildings, genders, ages, races, religions, paygrades, etc.

The above photo is the three teenagers with close friends from martial arts. Yes, like school, these relationships have spilled over into our every day lives, and we enjoy many hours of frolic and friendship off of the mats.  Why is it so hard  to understand that not everyone's puzzle pieces are the same shape, yet each of ours fits together they way they are supposed to and the finished picture is equally beautiful, regardless of the differences?

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