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Hi. This is Michelle Caskey from HomeschoolYourBoys.com. Homeschooling is an amazing blessing. It’s a wonderful way for us to be able to build into the lives of our kids, to be able to give them individualized educations like they all need, and to just be able to really experience some wonderful times with our kids as they’re learning and growing. But homeschooling can also be difficult, especially if we try to go it alone and come up with all of our own techniques and do our own research, when we don’t have the support system that we need in place. So, to make homeschooling even more of a blessing, I recommend that we don’t try to go it alone.
First and foremost, I would say that homeschool moms need to be willing to ask God for help. God wants us to ask him for the wisdom and the patience and the ideas that we need to make it through our homeschool journeys. He wants to give us support. He wants us to be successful and to give our children what they stand in need of. And if we are willing to talk to Him and ask Him for help, He will give it to us.
The next thing I would say is that we should look for mentors, moms who have older children or who have been homeschooling for a longer period of time, even moms who have graduated kids, and ask them their advice. What did they do to get through particular situations? How did they survive the homeschool journey? What would they recommend that you do in a specific situation? And homeschool moms who have been there before are usually more than happy to talk to other moms and to try to build into their lives. So, look for a mentor.
And then lastly, I would say to try to form relationships with other homeschool moms who are currently in a similar place to where you are. It’s always good to have one mom, or a couple of moms, that you can call, you feel comfortable talking to them and telling them that you’re having a difficult time, being able to just ask them for their advice, and when you have a particularly bad day, to be able to just ask them…or just be able to talk about what’s going on and have them listen and not recommend that you would just throw in the towel. I believe that if homeschool moms are willing to put ourselves out there and form these types of relationships, that we will find the strength and the wisdom and the encouragement that we need to make our homeschool journeys so much more enjoyable. Again, this is Michelle Caskey from HomeschoolYourBoys.com. Thanks for listening.