I am blessed to have a wonderful group of homeschool moms around me from which I get loads of support. I have a mom who is active in my life and who was a homeschool mom herself back in the day. I walk this road of homeschooling with women who encourage me and who I look to for advice and support. But what do you do if you find yourself without this network of support? Here are some tips that can point you in the right direction.
- PRAY – “So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:23. We can take our desires and needs to our heavenly Father. He cares for the sparrows and He sees the cry of our heart.
- RESEARCH – If you are new to an area or just haven’t found the right support group, get online, look in the phone book, ask other moms at church or at the park. See if you can connect with other like-minded women. I can’t say enough about connecting with other moms through a local homeschool support group. You can contact your state homeschool association if you can’t locate a local group and sometimes they can direct you. Here is a list of state associations from HSLDA. Here is another list that includes international groups for those outside the US.
- FIND A MENTOR - If you find yourself homeschooling alone in an area where you are the only one of your kind, look for an older woman to provide you with spiritual encouragement. There are times when I have found myself alone and feeling friendless. God used those times to bring me to my knees and help me realize that He is all I need. When I began to understand that lesson, He brought about new friendships into my life. Older Christian women in your life can provide wisdom for the road ahead. They may not be able to provide homeschooling advice, but if they are grounded Christians, their wisdom and support can be invaluable. Finding a mentor will require prayer and trial and error. You will have to invest the time to get to know some older women. Some great places to find a mentor might include senior adult Sunday school classes and local Bible studies. You may also find a mentor by volunteering at local charities. Many older women with a heart to serve will also have a heart to reach out as a mentor.
- REACH OUT TO A YOUNGER MOM – Look for ways to reach out to younger moms in your community. Take a meal to someone who has just given birth, offer to watch her kids so she can grocery shop, stop by for a cup of coffee and do a load of laundry for her. Offering your presence in a young mom’s life can bring you joy and fulfillment and you just might be surprised at what you might receive in return, the gift of friendship.
I hope that these ideas will get you pointed in the right direction. Developing a support system takes time, patience and perseverance. It doesn’t happen overnight, but as you seek God for direction and support for your homeschool, He will provide all your needs!
What does your support system look like? Do you have any ideas that have worked for you in developing a network of support?