Most research indicates that homeschooling does not have a negative impact on children's social skills. In fact, some studies have found that homeschooled children score higher than their peers in terms of socialization. A student who studies at home is likely to develop self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem due to the close relationship they have with their family. This can lead to an independent thinker who is not easily influenced by their peers and who is able to direct their own actions and thoughts. Patricia Lines (2000) conducted research using mixed play groups to compare the social skills of homeschooled children to those who did not study at home.
Raymond Moore, an author of over 60 books and articles on human development, has also done extensive research on homeschooling and socialization. To make up for the lack of traditional school activities, many homeschooling students host a prom at home, thanks to the support of various networks and groups. When it comes to homeschooling and socialization, two agents of socialization are particularly important: schools and classmates. It is easy to draw parallels between these two agents and draw conclusions about the relationship between homeschooling and socialization. This explains why there is so much confusion surrounding this topic. Family dynamics play a major role in the development and socialization of all children, regardless of whether they are homeschooled or attend a public school.
Homeschooling support groups, or cooperatives, are a great way for families to work together to achieve both academic and social goals.