I imagine in the early years of the homeschooling movement it was easy for a mom to feel isolated and alone. In many places it wasn’t even “legal” to homeschool yet. Homeschoolers were the renegades determined to do what they knew was best for their kids, whether the rest of the world agreed or not. There weren’t many support groups and you didn’t really advertise the fact that you were teaching your kids at home.
These days things have totally changed. While homeschooling may still be looked down upon and certainly misunderstood by many of our friends and neighbors, there are plenty of ways to get support. Most major cities have at least one homeschool support group and probably several. There are homeschool coops where parents share the responsibility for teaching various subjects. And there are oodles and oodles of online resources for homeschooling moms to feel connected with other home educating moms.
One of the ways that I feel most connected to my friends is through Facebook. In fact I have a dear sweet homeschool mom friend, whose son died a year ago today. I know that God has used her friends on Facebook to encourage and uplift her through this difficult year of learning how to live with her son in heaven. Actually two of my dear friends’ sons share the same “birthday” in heaven.
Another dear homeschooling mom friend is finding support through Facebook in dealing with a newborn who has a life threatening condition called HLHS, which basically means she was born with only half a heart. There are people from all over the world who daily check in to see how my friend’s baby girl is doing and to leave words of encouragement for her mama.
So there is really no reason for any of us homeschool moms to feel disconnected or alone. We literally have a world of support right at our fingertips!