I understand completely. Not only do we have to deal with the defending our parenting style because our kids have both achieved some pretty cool stuff, but then you layer on homeschooling and people are convinced that my daughter is a national champion in horse judging because we force her to study 5 hours a day.
It's the spelling bee champion stereotype...
Trust me, if I was going to force my kids to be high achievers at something, I'd have picked something more financially rewarding than history and horse judging!
You guys rock! The Cactus Family is inspiring! Don't think otherwise....
I will say seeing first hand - you're not those parents. You're not. And as for stage fright, I don't have it, either. :)
She sounds like an amazing kid!
Simply put.. . Mia AND Own are lucky to have you and Beth as their parents. Too many kids grow up in environments where the parents either (a) ignore them (b) force involvement in activites that THE PARENTS are interested in but they kids really don't care about or (c) allow the kids to take part in things that interest them but provide little if any parental support/involvement.
I think it's awesome that Mia is a determined litle girl who works towards her goals. It's a great trait to have and I'm sure will continue to serve her well. On the flip side I know it can be a challenge sometimes to parent such a child. How lucky you both are to be on the journey of life together! : )
My youngest, as soon as she could talk, used the phrase "Don't tell me NO!" so often that it became a popular phrase in our family to this day. She's 18 now and wonderfully independent!
well said. your girl is rad.