On a recent Saturday night Ray and I visited friends we have known for more than twenty years (I’ll call them Matt and Tina). Their younger daughter (I’ll call her Jenny) is active in a vibrant campus ministry at our local college. Their older daughter (I’ll call her Molly) just graduated from a Christian college. Molly and her husband (who works for that same Christian university) were excited that they could come home for a visit.
As I started to write about a fresh look at socialization, I realized how those clips illustrated some of the socialization our children experienced when we were homeschooling.
Good for Some Things; Bad for Others
Churches and homeschool groups offer socialization opportunities. While we found these to be better opportunities, they were not foolproof for us because some church and homeschool parents we knew had different standards than we did.
Socialization at Church and Around Town
We were part of two churches during our homeschooling years which had senior citizen groups. We and our children sometimes tagged along with them. Senior groups are a great group to serve. The ones we were involved with had folks who were wonderful examples for our kids. Our children became longtime friends with some of them. One group even went on trips which became great field trips for our kids.
Friends and Family
Your family’s homeschooling can help prepare your children to love people of all ages. Paul taught Timothy about how he should treat people of different ages in the church:
1 Timothy 5:1-2 NASB