Because of my husband's work schedule and the twins nap schedule, I find that it works best for us if we wake up, eat breakfast and have bible, then kick around for a few hours. The babies go down for their nap after lunch, then we start school. We also sometimes have to run errands, and this gets done during our "free" time, between breakfast and lunch, but lately I've been feeling a little self conscious when we're out and about. The reason is that Anna is now unmistakably school age. I am blessed to live in an area that is very supportive of homeschooling, and that is probably why I haven't gotten any, "Aren't you suppose to be in school?" comments yet. But still, I wonder if we are setting a good example for homeschoolers, or if people are secretly thinking, "What are they doing at the grocery store at this time of day? Do they ever do any school work?" Probably not; but do we as homeschoolers have an obligation to not do anything that negatively draws attention to homeschooling?
I was homeschooled in the "early days" of homeschooling, and if I was ever seen out during traditional school hours, I always got "the question". People were some times very rude and critical, and yes we were seen as very, very weird. I wonder if this is making me sensitive to a situation that no longer exists, or if we need to be careful not to let down our guard.
So, do you avoid going out in public during certain hours of the day, or are you of the more, "That's their problem, not ours" approach?