We call it the “mid-winter blahs” but it can happen almost any time during the school year. We’re tired; we’re struggling to stay motivated; we’re finding ourselves impatient or even frustrated. And when I say “we”, I’m referring to the homeschool moms! Certainly our students can suffer from these symptoms as well, but what can homeschool moms do to overcome a slump or get through these kinds of rough patches in our year?
One of the most important things every homeschool family needs is some kind of support system. It’s easy to recognize that children and teens need positive interactions with their peers, but let’s not overlook the importance of like-minded friends and mentors for moms. We all experience times along the way when we feel discouraged, overwhelmed, or even tempted to give it up; and an understanding friend or mentor is exactly what we need to encourage and advise us. Although homeschooling isn’t viewed with the same skepticism or hostility that it used to be, it’s still not quite mainstream, and many homeschooling families don’t have the full support of their extended families or feel rather alone in their churches or friendship circles. We need to continue to develop the support and encouragement of our local homeschooling communities.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~ Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~ I Thessalonians 5:11
Where do you find support? Let us know in the comments!