We had found a balance between socializing and academics, but then came a new question, one uttered with a combination of surprise and horror: “They don’t play organized sports?” .
As a mother to a son who dislikes organized sports, this post by a homeschool mother of two boys was validating. We too have felt the pressure to have our son join team sports for proper "socialization". We tried swimming, soccer, and T-ball, but he wasn't enjoying any of them. I didn't see the point if he was miserable, so now we play hard in the backyard, take walks/hikes, canoe in good weather, bowl, and rock climb at the city athletic center. His dad is home three to four times a week during the day, so there is a lot of wrestling and boisterous fun. He's happy and has an outlet for all his boy energy.
This interesting Christian article at HomeschoolingBoys.com discusses alternatives to organized team sports. This article has given me some ideas to share with my husband for pairing our son up with age appropriate labor intensive volunteer or learning opportunities.