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One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is the ability to control outside influence with some measure of moderation.  One of the not-so-beautiful things about it is when that control ends up looking a whole lot like social sequestration.

Little girl being homeschooled

Before we go any further, however, let me take just a minute to assure you I’m not about to lecture you on socialization.  I have pretty strong feelings on that topic, as you might note from this post, but I also strongly believe the matter is for each family to decide amongst themselves and with God.

There.  I feel better now that we got that out of the way.

But what about those times when your children would really just like to fit in?  Like at the Y when they show up for gymnastics?  Or at the ballfield because they want to play on the team?  Or at church when everyone is talking about school and they have nothing to add?

Standing alone in the crowd can feel awful lonely.  And feeling lonely can just plain hurt.