I wanted to write about this tonight, because it was not something that I’d thought about when I was considering homeschooling for my own family. But it is a very valid question, I think.
For my own family, I’ve noticed that my sons tend to go back and forth. Some days they get along wonderfully, and others they argue, nitpick and just generally annoy the crap out of each other.
I’ve noticed sometimes that they tend to get along better when we have cause to get out of the house – say, a park day or other field trip, or even just a trip to the grocery store. If we are at home for several days in a row, they do tend to get a bit testy with each other and with me.
One thing I have noticed is that there is a new…closeness between them. They are more willing to watch out for each other, and because they are sometimes each other’s only playmate, quick to defend each other against others on those rare occasions that it becomes necessary.
We’ve only been homeschooling for just over a year. Because this had never come up before, I can’t say that this isn’t something that will come with even more time. Now that it’s come up, though, I think I’ll be more aware and start looking to see how that progresses.
If you homeschool, what are your observations on this? Have you noticed your kids seem to get along better with their siblings than their public schooled counterparts do with theirs? Was this an immediate difference or did it take time?
If they don’t get along any differently than their public school counterparts, do you notice any difference between how they behaved while in public school and how they behave now that they are homeschooled?
If you’ve always homeschooled, do you believe that this difference in getting along with siblings exists? Or do you think it’s nothing more than a myth?