Children that are homeschooled are often said to be at a social disadvantage particularly because of the lack of social skills. While socializing children has its benefits, I personally believe creating bonds with them is far more important. Children that spend all day in a public facility with other adults and children that don’t share same values are often put in unnecessary situations. When I was a child, I remember the playground being run by a bunch of bullies. Several bigger children had taken over a portion of the playground. No-one was allowed to play on the Merry Go Round except them, and anyone that tried would be threatened or forced to do something they normally would not do. My best friend at the time was not willing to be pushed around by these older kids and had to fight just to be able to approach the Merry Go Round.
Eventually we will all need to deal with the bully somewhere, but I believe building strong bonds with our children is much more important. Children build confidence primarily by encouragement from their mother and father. Here is a chart indicating how intact homes affect children’s success in school:
As a homeschool parent measuring GPA’s is not necessary, but as you can see based on the above chart, it does indicate how significant a mom and dad are to learning. Just having a mom and dad in the home is not enough however; loving interaction is the key. While society does not emphasize the importance of an intact home, it is easy to see by the changing of societal norms the impact single family homes have on children. Having a father and mother provide encouragement to the impressionable lives of young children can be the key to having a regenerate culture instead of one deteriorating before our very eyes.