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    Prior to our recent move, my son had a built-in social network in our neighborhood. I recently reached out to a group in my town and someone offered to meet us for a park day. It's our first and I'm nervous. I've told my son about it, and he's completely comfortable with it.

    Me, on the other hand, nervous.

    I have a slight suspicion she's a more religious homeschooler, so I worry about being judged for not being religious. Also, I'm pretty introverted. It might not be so bad if it were the whole group meeting at the park, but it sounds like a one-on-one. Freaking out a little.

    Any advice about how to handle the first park day experience?
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    I actually like park days the most - i feel more comfortable outside, I think. But to get along with religious homeschoolers, it helps to keep on easy topics like - ask for suggestions for social gatherings, talk about adjusting to homeschooling. Talk of curriculum will make the religious divide more obvious, as religious homeschoolers are likely to use some of the big name religious curriculum - at my park days curriculum is rarely spoken of because ti can be divisive.

    and maybe your son will hate it too and you'll have a good excuse to leave early! But even better, maybe it'll be just fine!
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    I am socially awkward and usually I am the one who has the problem not my son. I cannot offer advice but I can offer long distance support. I agree with staying on safe topics and please let us know how it goes!

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    I do way better one on one. (My kids are fine unless there are so many people around that there are lines for the swings.) Talk about Disneyland! Don't be worried about being judged - you have your reasons for your beliefs (or lack of same), and they are more legitimate to you than any potential reasons for judging this person might have. That said, don't judge her before you go - she might surprise you by just wanting a friend for herself or her kid, and not wanting to convert you or sell you on Abeka.
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    Just say what you told us. You want to make friends of all kinds, you feel a little socially anxious about meeting new people and fitting in, etc. When people lead with something like that, it usually dispels the tension for me.
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    It may take awhile to feel like you fit in. It took a couple months of regularly going before I didn't feel like an outsider. And it took some of my children that long to adjust.

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    Sounds like me. My kids are fine meeting new ppl, it's always a problem for me. If et nervous and my face turns red. Ice always been shy so I don't talkative lot and people take it as I'm pissed.

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    Wow, this iPad is really messing up my sentences!
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    Many of the homeschoolers in our area are religious, while it comes up on the Facebook page the groups maintains, it almost never comes up in playgroups. The homeschool groups openly says it is for all people and while there are requests for a particular curriculum online, when we get together to play the parents frequently talk about other things. Don't worry.

    On another note, we are also a Disneyland-obsessed family. I have been working to incorporate Disney into our lessons on a regular bases. Disney's physics videos are fabulous if you have not seen them. (They teach physics by using Disneyland/WDW rides as examples. My 6 year old son loves them! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    On another note, we are also a Disneyland-obsessed family. I have been working to incorporate Disney into our lessons on a regular bases. Disney's physics videos are fabulous if you have not seen them. (They teach physics by using Disneyland/WDW rides as examples. My 6 year old son loves them! )
    Ok, I don't want to hijack this thread, so you're going to need to start a new thread and tell me more about this. Puh-lease?

    OP - I think it'll go great. I always feel that way about these sorts of meet-ups and it often goes better than I had thought it would. :0)

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