Guest Posted August 30, 2012 Share Posted August 30, 2012 My first JAWM thread! :D I need some encouragement. I feel very alone right now in my homeschool journey. I have a lot of homeschooling friends who are sending their kids to public school this year, including my two biggest mentor families. One was the family that basically helped me make the jump into the homeschooling world, and the other was an awesome mom that has held my hand these first few years and encouraged me by homeschooling her large family into the high school years. Both of these families are (for good, understandable reasons) at a public/private school this year. I think another part of my discouragement is due to all the public schools are starting up right now. I think a lot of the ex-homeschooling families I know are justifying public school, and in doing so, not realizing how much they are putting down current homeschooling families. Plus, everyone else is trying to make them feel good about their switch in schooling and saying what a good decision they are making and why. I feel like I've lost my core encouragement; I feel like I'm just alone. We have a couple of local homeschooling support groups and I am probably going to break down and join one, even though I hate those things. (I much prefer individual friendships.) I don't know if that will even give me what I need, though. As far as homeschooling in and of itself, our family is doing great. I know it is the right decision, my kids are loving it, they are learning, etc. I guess what I'm really missing is the IRL mentors that tell me (and show me) that this can be done - that I'm not messing my kids up by doing this. Between this and some other stuff that I can't really post online, I'm just very discouraged and could use some :grouphug:. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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