Today I was on the telephone with a friend of mine - our children are the same ages and are very good friends. She has known me when my children were in public school and she supported me in my decision to homeschool. Her children both attend public school.
As she was chatting with me (from her quiet, peaceful home with no children whining about schoolwork in the background!) she told me how much she admired my decision to homeschool and how she envied the close relationship I had with my children. Wow. I told her how much it meant to hear those words, but I don't know if she really GETS how much it meant to me.
We homeschool for the sake of our children and for the sake of our families. We don't do it to gain approval from others. When we get that approval, however, it sure feels good.