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JinxieFox
08-27-2010, 10:39 PM
Last night my son was his father's escort at a formal military function. Right after dinner, he was getting quite bored (he is 7 1/2), and asked to sit in the lobby of the club where the dinner/function was being held.

His father gave him permission.

A few minutes later, his father went to the lobby to see what our son was up to. Our son was walking around, telling jokes to the Senior NCO's (failing miserably at getting them correct, but basically talking to anybody who would listen).

Do I ever worry about socialization or independence in my homeschooled child? Never. :D

Bellanina
08-27-2010, 11:22 PM
LOL Sounds like our Mitchell! He will talk to anyone and everyone, there are no "strangers" in his world. The boys have started telling knock knock jokes that don't make a lick of sense. But we laugh anyway, gotta love being a parent ;)

InstinctiveMom
08-28-2010, 02:00 AM
That's something that I am seeing more of in my kids since they're not stuck with only kids for company now - they're more outgoing with adults. It started at the library. I've been making them use their own cards and talk to the librarian as they check out, and its progressed from there.
I honestly do think that segregating children into peer groups for 13 years inhibits their ability to see people as 'people' and not as 'younger than me' 'my age' and 'older than me'.
~h

MamaB2C
08-28-2010, 10:04 AM
It started at the library. I've been making them use their own cards and talk to the librarian as they check out, and its progressed from there.
We had a similar experience. I got some funny looks when I got him his own card and had him check out on his own, and ask for help when he was only 3, but now all the librarians know him.

The other day he asked if he could go into the corner store alone to buy milk! DH said "Well I'll come in just in case you need help". The store owner is our neighbor and he came out shaking his head and laughing at Mr. Independent

wild_destiny
08-28-2010, 11:35 AM
My boys did the same thing when they were younger, telling knock knock jokes that made no sense whatsoever. They thought the jokes were hilarious. Maybe this is a phase young boys go through. Thankfully, the jokes did eventually start to make sense.