In most areas of our adult lives, we have learned that having a positive support system can mean the difference between feeling like a super hero or being on the verge of a nervous breakdown. There is no way that we can manage doing life alone. God did not intend for us to!
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15 ESV)
On today, Friendship Day & Sisters Day, I want to remind you to seek out friends & a support system as you embark upon this home education journey. There will be days where you may feel like you can do all the things, and there will be days where you feel like the weight of the world is on you. Either way, don't go on this journey alone! You want a tribe that will be there just as the scripture says. We all want someone there to hype us up & celebrate our amazing days or accomplishments with us, and we definitely need that same level of uplifting when we are down. You may feel like you are in this journey alone because there are no family or friends that live near you, or you may be the only homeschool family in your area. I'm here to help! In this blog, I will share a three tips on what to look for when establishing and maintaining a positive & supportive homeschool tribe.
Tip #1: Everybody ain't invited to the party!
Building the kind of support system you need for your lifestyle is important. You do not want to invite negative or opposing energy around the favorable atmosphere you are creating for your family. You may already have a support system for your day-to-day life, but those same friends/family may not understand or encourage the homeschool lifestyle you have chosen. For this reason, everybody ain't invited to the party! Ensure that the very souls you are entrusting to help you & lift you up are also in your corner when you need them the most. Being in agreement with lifestyle choices is important and you need to know that!
Tip #2: Don't be afraid of social media
I am blessed to live in an area that is supportive of home education & is filled with numerous homeschool families. Unfortunately, many of those families do not fit the support & environment that I want to create, and THAT'S OKAY! Just because a homeschool family lives next door to you does not mean you have to automatically bond with them. We are all blessed to live in the time of the growing presence of social media, and platforms such as Facebook offering the ability to create unique spaces representing various interests and needs. I have found my tribe of supportive homeschool moms online (which actually led me to find a tribe of homeschool families near me!) My Facebook group, Homeschool Help with NaConda the Homeschool Whisperer, is one of those groups, offering support & encouragement in a positive online atmosphere.
Tip #3: Build a relationship
In creating & building a support system (or a homeschool tribe), you want to put in as much work as you would need for yourself or your family. So, what does that look like? Does it mean scheduling playdates or field trips? Taking turns caring for each others' children for date night or work? Sending a quick text to check on each other? All of these things and more are important in sustaining the bond you want to have with your homeschool support system. A relationship is as strong as its weakest link, and a support system should have NO weak links!
Don't trek on this home education journey alone. I've done it before and it is scary and lonely...even with a husband and multiple children! If you don't have a homeschool support system, work on creating one on this national Friendship Day & Sister's Day. You won't regret it!