Written by contributor Hillary Boucher of infinitely learning
Remember those jokes about the parent who would never pull over and ask for directions? That’s me. I would sooner drive to New Jersey on my way to Vermont than pull over and admit I need help.
Parenting and homeschooling is like any journey, once in a while you need a little help, whether it’s directions, words of encouragement or the insight that comes from experience.
A do-it-yourself mentality can complement home learning, but in the past I’ve waited too long to ask for much needed help–whether it’s advice, support or information. I’ve learned that reaching out is imperative for building healthy support systems for our family.
In the last year my seven-year-old’s learning needs changed faster than I could keep up. Add New York State’s steep paperwork requirements for homeschooling families and I found myself inexperienced on a few fronts.
Instead of asking for help I spent sleepless nights going around and around in my head. Turns out I’m not alone and all I had to do was ask.
Experienced homeschooling families are keepers of invaluable advice and insight and are usually gracious and understanding in sharing their life and learning lessons with you.
Anytime I’ve swallowed my pride and reached out to other, more experienced homeschooling parents I’ve been amazed at the compassionate support and the helpful information they offer.
I’ve found helpful support by asking a few different places: my personal network, my local homeschool play groups, co-ops and listserves, and online forums and blogs.
In fact, the more I ask, the sooner I’ve found resources, support and new information to cancel out any self-doubt or anxiety.
I’ve learned that reaching out is imperative for building healthy support systems for our family. It’s a mistake I’ll try not to make in the future.
Who do you ask when you need homeschool help or support?