Socialization is misunderstood to mean that children have to spend the majority of their time with their peers. What they learn is dictated by the peer group. As homeschoolers, we see socialization in a different sense, in that children spend the majority of their time with their parents and families, but they are comfortable with people of varying backgrounds and ages. It has been our experience over and over again that homeschooled youngsters are more conversant and interested in a variety of things, and they can generally navigate any group they happen to be in.
Check out what Dr. Laura has to say about homeschooling and socialization. We all know it but it is nice to see the professionals dare to agree.