Although this post is specific to homeschooling, I hope parents and teachers can find encouragement as well.
Lesson #2 You need to have a solid support system of family and friends. With whom can you share your successes and your failures? Who will listen when you just need to brainstorm? Who is your mentor? Who can help when you just need a break?
Surround yourself with people who have a positive attitude. Look for people who are proud of their children and want to see them become mature, godly men and women but also recognize they aren’t perfect.
Find a homeschool support group or a small group of homeschool families. Find families who will laugh with you, encourage you, and challenge you. Find families who will encourage and challenge your children as well. I was blessed to be part of two amazing support groups and I can’t imagine having homeschooled without them.
Have mentors. Find Moms (or Dads!) with kids older than yours who are willing to share what worked for them. Keep in mind though that what works for one child or family may not work for you.
Ask your parents. They had kids!
Ask your husband and your in-laws. If your child has a personality trait or is in the habit of doing something you just can’t understand, ask your husband what he was like as a child. I have gained many insights into both of my children by learning what my husband was like as a child. There were 5 girls in my family, no brothers. I had alot of learning to do when it came to having a son.
Pray! What better support system could we have than in the Lord?
Pray for wisdom. “All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Pray for peace. “Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand.” Philippians 4:7