And if someone else tries to tell you that any child of mine isn’t going to be at least a little weird no matter how they’re educated, they’ve lost their minds. Why is this perception of the weirdo homeschooler so pervasive? I mean what people mean when they say that homeschooled kids are annoying.
Why is it that despite the clear academic achievement of most homeschooled students, the fear of them “acting like that one weirdo guy I knew when I was a kid” is enough to turn otherwise supportive folks against the idea? Same parents, same environment, same rules….completely different reactions from their children. I mean kids who ask too many questions and know too much information and like certain stuff and refuse to like other things and don’t care what other people think about their silly hobbies and their know-it-all-ness.
The idea of being ostracized by a group of people that they don’t really like anyway no longer sends them into a panic.
If they spend their whole childhood trying to be something they’re not or believing that what they are is weird and weird is bad, they’ll enter adulthood with those same perceptions, that same lack of self-confidence.
If, on the other hand, they’re able to cultivate their interests, learn to be comfortable in their own quirky skin, encouraged to achieve as much as their little over-achieving hearts desire, they’ll enter adulthood with the confidence to continue on that path.
They won’t automatically wonder if people will disagree or make fun of them when they make assertions or cling to ideals. Of course, not every homeschooled kid is like that.
Sadly, these hasty introductions often result in serious harm or injury from biting, chasing, or other forms of attack.
In addition, rabbits are not quick to forget, so a bad fight could hinder future bonding sucess.You are also trying to mimic positive feelings in your rabbits.By creating artificial situations where your bunnies are snuggling, rubbing noses, smelling each others’ fur, etc., you are creating positive memories, even if they are also stressful.What you are trying to do is eliminate the possibility for there to develop any territorial behavior in the rabbits.So you choose introductory spaces that are as different from your bunny’s territory as possible.I call this “coerced closeness.” They are positive in the sense that they don’t associate the other bun with the stress (of the car ride, for example), they associate the other rabbit with the feelings of security that they receive.