Before having kids, I never realized just how much kids had to say. I mean, they don't really know that much and what they think they know is usually wrong. Yet, they feel the need to fill ALL dead air time with statements like:
Him: "The light in the ceiling makes me think of eating a buffalo horn for lunch today."
Her: "Catty, Batty had a farm."
Me: Silent (what does that even mean?)
Yes, their voices are adorable. They are creative and sweet and innocent in their thoughts, but sometimes...ok, who am I kidding...often times I long for a little bit of quiet. All my life, I've known that people who talk too much wear me out emotionally. I'm one of those people who is re-energized by being alone. Maybe that's why I married a man of few words? But now I find myself among active talkers day in and day out. New parents should have coping classes to prepare for this, especially those who are re-energized by being alone, like me.
WHEN YOU TELL SOMEONE THAT THEIR KID IS 'PRETTY NORMAL FOR BEING HOMESCHOOLED', IT'S NOT A COMPLIMENT.
A statement like that is usually meant to be a compliment, but it just isn't. It's kind of like saying, "You don't stink too bad for being so old."
It's a backhanded way of saying that your kid is a poor soul for being homeschooled but it's good that you've made the best of it. For those of us that homeschool, we do it with purpose, reason, and to create certain experiences or outcomes for our children. I'm not sure what this "normal" is that you speak of, but I'm not convinced that it is something positive. Normal is conformity. Normal lacks individualism. Normal is not creative or opportunistic or a risk-taker. Normal is actually the problem, not homeschooling.