I very rarely get any negative comments about homeschooling. My kids have lots of social opportunities and academically have proven that homeschooling is working for them. It's been nice not to have to deal with any of that. Maybe that's why this has been such a surprise to me, I don't know.
My 10 year old DD has an amazing voice. Unfortunately she's too young for any choirs in our area, so we looked at voice lessons to help her develop her talent. I think I posted about finding a voice coach for her, and how excited we were when it worked out. Everyone agrees that her voice is amazing for her age, but our parents have been less than encouraging when it comes to her teacher. My MIL was surprised, but then almost immediately started telling us about others who also teach who would be cheaper (without even knowing what we are going to be paying) and who would probably do a good job with Em. After all, isn't this awfully fancy for a 10 yo? I was telling my mom how we have to get a book of Italian Arias and her response was "Good luck with that." It's so strange to me. My daughter has a talent and we try very hard to encourage their kids to explore their talents/interests. I think that's our responsibility as parents. Yes, the lessons are going to cost, but it's not going to break the bank, and the voice teacher is a talented performer who can offer Emily a classical background and an experience others can't (http://www.katieharman.com/). I just dont understand why nobody seems happy that she has this opportunity. What do you think? Would you take the opportunity?