Homeschooling your children is an experience unlike any other. Somehow, it can be both your greatest blessing and the overwhelming thing that keeps you up at night with worry that you’re doing it all wrong. Sometimes, the only person who can understand the crazy ups and downs of homeschool life is another homeschooling parent. That’s why all home educators need a support group where they can share both the struggles and the joys of their homeschool days.
Why You Need a Social Media Support Group
Local support groups are great for face-to-face conversation and kid-centered get-togethers, but in the busy rush of homeschool days, sometimes there just isn’t time to get together with other parents. Thankfully, online support groups are there to fill in the gaps. They are convenient, always accessible on your mobile device, and usually comprised of many homeschoolers from a variety of backgrounds.
Social media groups also have an advantage in that they offer a sense of anonymity. It can be easier to type out your doubts and struggles and post them to an online community than to share them with another parent face-to-face. The openness and honesty that comes from these online conversations will help you form bonds with other group members so deep that they might surprise you.
Where You Can Find a Group
The best way to get involved in an online support group is to just jump right in. Introduce yourself, read others’ posts, and post a few comments of your own. Soon, you’ll start to feel like one of the gang.
First, though, you have to find a group of which to become a part. Check out the following social media support groups and see which one appeals to you:
Frugal Homeschooling Moms: Homeschoolers often have to educate on a budget, and the Frugal Homeschooling Moms group on Facebook will support your low-cost schooling. Find tips, tricks, and handy ideas here.
The Homeschool Lounge: With both an active forum and an interactive Facebook page, The Homeschool Lounge is a comfortable community for homeschooling parents to discuss both home education and family life.
Homeschool Scopes: If live video is your thing, be sure to check out Homeschool Scopes, where members use Facebook Live and Periscope to connect.
Hip Homeschool Moms Community: This is the interactive social media branch of hiphomeschoolmoms.com. Members chat often to ask questions and share insights.