This is the number one thing I hear when I say we are going to homeschool. I’m always taken aback at this question because socialization is exactly one of the reasons we want to keep them out of the school system. Someone has written a spectacular rebuttal here:
One research study even concluded, “The socialization of home-educated students was often better than that of their schooled peers.” The research proves homeschoolers surpass standard social expectations, and in exceeding them, they fall short of social mediocrity.
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there’s nothing “normal” about our kids. Your homeschooled child is odd compared to the schooled population because they have not experienced ongoing school-based socialization and standardization. Read the full article.