The Opinions of Others #homeschooling #MomLife #mom #mommy

graceAbout a month ago, I came across this blog post about a homeschooling mom getting verbally attacked in a grocery store by someone who didn’t support homeschooling.

At first I was shocked, then I was pissed, and then after a few moments, I calmed down and thought that the way the author handled the situation was probably the best way.

With Grace.

Of course, it’s natural to have the instinct to lash out when you are being attacked—especially, if it’s geared toward your children. Mama Bear rears on her hind legs, and it’s not long before the attacker walks away licking their wounds and in tears.

Yes, I’ve been there.

However, with that said, had the author attacked the stranger in return, it would have done nothing accept cause a scene in front of her children who are looking to her for life lessons on how to behave during conflict. Not to mention, more often than not, when people believe they have the right to impost their opinion on someone else’s life as much as this attacker did, nothing you can say will ever change their minds.

Since when did people become so arrogant? So controlling? And, so judgmental?

75899_486157428091857_1397324131_n“Well, I hear she homeschools her children. Isn’t it such a shame to do something so disgraceful.” Says, the woman who is cheating on her husband. Not that the attacker is a cheater, it was just an example.

We all have skeletons in our closets. We all have things we’ve done that probably aren’t moral or ethical. And yet, more often than not, people always seem to think they can point the finger at someone else’s mistake and judge them for it as thought they, themselves, are perfect. No one is perfect. No one. And, as for judging others? The only one who is allowed that is God.

Not to say homeschooling is wrong. Obviously, I’m not saying that. *smile* My point is mainly because of my shock that someone would be so rude.

Fortunately for me, I have yet to face the situation the author faced. While I have been met with some critical looks from strangers (and even some comments from family), for the most part, my announcement that my kids are homeschooled has been met with enthusiasm and support.

I’ve been blessed.

With that said, though, if I am ever attacked like the author, I hope that I can handle it with as much tact as she showed. She is truly inspiring.


4 thoughts on “The Opinions of Others #homeschooling #MomLife #mom #mommy

  1. Great post and I hope you never have to be faced with what we experienced! I’m so humbled by how many people that post reached and spoke to. Honestly, before it happened, I had all kinds of come-backs prepared. I accidentally reacted with grace instead and it’s only in hind-sight that I realize it was the much MUCH better route to take. Thank you for writing this! ♥ If you don’t mind, I’d like to share it with my Facebook readers 🙂

  2. I remember reading that article. I was fuming. I don’t know that I could’ve handled it with such grace as that author, although, I may have been too dumbfounded to speak. I’m so glad to know that you’ve received enthusiasm about your endeavor. I admire it myself.

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