Almost every homeschool family has at least one (most the time more) friend or family member that disapproves of your decision to homeschool your children. There have been those in our lives who were not happy in the slightest when we made the decision to not send our kids to public school. I felt like I was always under the microscope having to prove my ability to teach my own kids. Also, the comments were never ending.
It can be very hard to walk in love with those who are opposing how and why you are raising your children the way that you are. I have had to bite my tongue a few too many times. However, the Bible says in Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” (NLT)
If you respond in love, you will deflect an argument that most likely neither of you will win anyway. When you get defensive with your response it will only fuel their comments more. I can tell you from first hand experience that being kind and letting the fruit of your labor speak for itself will be the best way to prove that you can do this, and your children can flourish!
Our family just finished our 3rd full year of homeschooling. Most of the comments have stopped. They know this is a lifestyle that we aren’t going to change. Also, I think some of it is they can see the fruit in my kids and see that they are very well educated despite not going to a traditional school.