Do you want to know why people always say homeschooled children aren't socialized?
It's because many of us know homeschool children who are very awkward socially.
In my experience it's harder for home schooled children to learn social cues. I've dealt with many who don't know when it's appropriate to talk and don't understand what kind of information is appropriate for specific settings. They also tend to be more focused on their end of the conversation spending more time talking and showing very little interest in what others have to say. Of course this is a generalization, but I can think of many children it's true for. It seems to me the greater amount of time with the mother gives the child the expectation that every situation should be centered around him or her. By not being part of a community on a regular basis they seem to be missing out on the concept that conversations are back and forth sharing of ideas. When I talk to my kids it's generally all about them. So it makes sense that kids don't spend as much time away from parents would expect all conversations to be like this.
I'm not saying they don't have friends or don't know how to play with other kids. Those aren't the only social skills kids use.
To be clear, I am not saying all home schooled children are awkward. But I have noticed this particular personality trait over and over again in kids who have been homeschooled.
Who knows, maybe this is a good thing. Maybe being focused on themselves helps them be more successful in life.
But every time a homeschool post comes up all the home school moms laugh at the whole idea that home school kids need social interaction. Has it ever occurred to you people assume that because they've seen it?