Both Andrew and I feared the intention behind this question. We didn’t know if the tour guide wanted to know because our children were acting as though they’ve never been in public or because they appeared to be ultra-conservative geeks (I’ve learned that one of these two images are conjured when a child is introduced as “homeschooled.”)
So, we told the guy, “Yes. We homeschool, although only one is school aged.”
But to our surprise he was complimentary.
He said, “I can tell. I teach community classes and I have to be able to read people in less than 2 minutes. I can size anyone up in two minutes or less and know which class they need to attend. Your kids are very well behaved compared to most of the kids I see each day and you two are obviously involved in their lives. The homeschool kids always stand out–they are immediately set apart from the rest of the crowd and I’ve only had behavior issues out of, maybe 1%.”
He went on, complimenting our children’s good behavior and our parenting skills. Actually every single day, we had someone come up to us, commenting on the great behavior they saw in our kids (never mind Andrew and I were in the background fussing and threatening them). They were even given special treats in a few stores, because the managers deemed them as the best behaved kids they’ve seen all week and in a big tourist place like Branson, that’s gotta be good!
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