Support groups, Friendship circles, Co-ops, Forums
In all the 11 years plus of homeschooling, I have travelled on unchartered seas, and taken several unexpected turns and adventures. Much of this journey I have shared with other homeschooling families.
I have found common ground in our desire to ~
nurture our children’s spirit and character
see our children learn, grow and mature,
meet and befriend other children,
offer occasions for children to learn social skills and
develop deep and meaningful relationships,
create opportunities for our children to develop new skills and talents,
encourage each other in our desire to protect our children,
offer a nurturing and inspiring education,
offer new experiences,
and visit new and interesting places.
Seldom did curriculums and methods divide our friendship;
nor did learning and teaching styles,
nor different home structures,
nor church and political affiliations.
We have remained strongly
supportive of each other …
We have baby-sat for each other,
given moms an afternoon child-free for doctor and hair appointments .
We have shared our talents and passions,
provided a ‘complete’ education taking subjects we personally could not do well.
We have encouraged each other in new ventures,
and packed moving boxes and made meals.
We have listened to the agony of a mother’s heart with difficult homeschool days,
and encouraged the choices which are hard and emotional.
We have been the “safe” place to run to when emergencies arise,
and our children have trusted friends who are there for them when things are tough.
These are among our nearest and dearest friends.
Friendships are a gift from God.
Right now, I live an hour away from any other group and travel is difficult. We live a rather isolated life, but just once a month we meet with 1 other like-valued homeschool family with children the same ages as our own and
weep over failures
rejoice in the breakthroughs
pray for each other
build strong bonds of friendship
and we are blessed.
Many homeschool forums and groups offer support and encouragement. I have found inspiration, ideas, methods and motivation from the many blogs and groups on the internet. (Check the links on my sidebar.)
I urge new homeschool moms to find just 1 other family or mentor to share your journey. Join a forum. Email and ask for advice. You are not alone.
To those wise, experienced and well-seasoned homeschool moms, you are a rich and precious resource. Offer your advice and counsel. Become a mentor. Share the wealth of your experiences.
Share the journey ~ your life will be richer!