Blogging homeschool moms post all the time about the stupid/ignorant/silly/annoying questions they receive from non-homeschoolers (my favorite is here.) A related frequent topic is "how to handle criticism and deal with lack of support."
I am amazed and pleased to say, however, that I have never encountered anywhere near the amount of disapproval that I expected to.
Whenever it comes up in conversation, people will usually respond with something like, "Oh, cool. My cousin/friend does that, too." And anytime one of my friends asks me about it, I feel that their questions are sincere and come from a place of genuine, respectful curiosity.
Homeschooling is definitely becoming more "mainstream" and accepted. Even people of older generations have expressed encouragement to me, including my Grandma!
Bottom line is, I am so thankful that I have the freedom and opportunity to educate my children in the way I feel is best for them. And I am even more thankful for the support that I receive from those around me.
I hope I am likewise showing all my friends the same support for the education decisions they have made for their own children!