When People Quiz Your Kids

Woman with thumbs downWe don’t live in an unschooling bubble, do we?

Our kiddos have to get out there in the community and brush up with people who have no idea what we’re trying to do. And while that’s a good thing, in general, it can be tough when they’re faced with An Interrogator.  Maybe it’s Aunt Jeannie who wants to see if your kids know their times tables. Or maybe the neighbor wants to see how they do in spelling.  Sometimes it’s even another kid who’s basically trying to prove that his education is better.

No matter who it is, it helps to prepare them.  So if your kids are away from you and you can’t run interference for them, they may need a couple of quick factoids they can rattle back at their quizzer:

“Do you know the capitol of Angola, or San Salvador, or Malaysia?”
(Here’s a wikipedia cheat sheet, so he can pick which countries they’d like to know)

Or how about a math question?
“What’s 2358 x 137?”
“What’s the square root of 196?”

(here’s a square root calculator, so she can pick her own!)

“Do you know which word  the spelling bee champion knew that no one else did?” (and then google the answer with him to see what it was)

The point being that the child can give some demonstration of knowledge and then happily skip away.

Another option is to talk to those people yourself. You could even suggest that your child say this:

Mom said if the quizzing starts, you should probably take it up with her.

No reason your child should have to go head-to-head with an adult with an agenda.

I recorded this video… let me know if it’s helpful!

Do you have other helpful tips to help your child cope with naysayers?
Please leave them in the comments.

It might be exactly the right fit for someone struggling out there!

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4 Responses to When People Quiz Your Kids

  1. Pingback: Dealing with Naysayers | Sue Patterson

  2. Eva Lindberg Östberg says:

    Brilliant! Thanks!

  3. Maytte1984 says:

    Love all of this…great info. I have problems all the time with naysayers . It gets very annoying sometimes with family that dont really know anything about homeschooling and want to critizise everything and are so pro school. Thank you for your support.

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