It is truly amazing and interesting how much my social life has turned around in the past year, or two. I will share with you how I reached out and found friends who like me for me.
I will share with you where and how I get my encouragement.
Finally I will share with you where I get my motivation from.
Just having friends can make a huge difference in my frame of mind. 3 1/2 years ago I moved to a small town where I knew literally no one. I joined a local homeschool group on yahoo. Which I quickly found out was very slow. No one really got together. Then I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and plan a Valentine’s Day Party. It was a huge hit. Things were still slow on the Yahoo group and then someone created a group on Facebook and it just exploded.
The year I held the Valentines party at my house we had 5 families. The next year we had 60. This past year we had 120. As of now our local Facebook group as reached over 200 families. They are screened that they have to live local and be homeschooling or looking into homeschooling.
This group, I call a co-op is really a commonwealth of parents. It works for us. It has gotten so big now that classes fill up super fast and some moms have chosen to start smaller co-ops within the commonwealth. This group is usually just used for homeschooling teaching and questions.
I also am a moderator of my local moms group on Facebook. This group is a lot more strict. We have a code of conduct, an application process, participation requirements and more. We have activities weekly. This group does things like park days, freezer meal swaps, craft days, moms night out and more.
I am also a part of some online groups. The biggest and best one in my opinion is The Schoolhouse Review Crew. Along with the review items we get, we are part of an amazing forum and it keeps me blogging. I am part of some smaller homeschool and homemaking pages as well. I read blogs because I feel like I can relate and it makes me feel social.
I am a member of a local Teaching Self Government Circle. This is a very small group of us (10). We meet monthly for this. This is great and probably my favorite one.
I have actually been so busy with my kids and these social things that I have had to cut back on some social offerings in order to be a mom and homeschooler.
How do you meet friends as a homeschooling parent?the Back to Homeschool Hop!
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