Homeschool moms can become consumed by lesson plans,
school activities, fieldtrips, and other school and family related
activities. It is easy for them to lose site of how important mom
socialization time is.
Sometimes when you homeschool your children, you
aren’t presented with the same social opportunities that you would
be if your children attended a traditional classroom. That is to
say, roles such as ‘lunch monitor’ or ‘PTA Mom’ are usually not the
norm in a homeschool setting. It is also easy to let your job as a
homeschool mom become your only priority and you loose the
opportunity to socialize with other adults.
For the homeschooling mom, there are still a variety
of social situations out there waiting for you. Many of them are
family oriented and can be incorporated into your lesson plans.
Better yet, several are low cost or free of charge.
a homeschool group, either online or in your area. These groups are
becoming more popular each year and are located in almost every
medium to large city. If there is not a group near you, take the
plunge and organize one yourself. You’ll make great connections with
other parents who homeschool.
Don’t overlook joining an online group. It is
possible to build friendships and ‘be sociable’ in Cyberspace. One
of the neatest aspects of these groups is that you’ll come in
contact with moms from all over the United States and beyond. This
can be a big help if you find yourself struggling to come up with
not so boring geography lessons.
Have you acquired a skill or taken up an interesting
hobby? Teach a class to other homeschool moms. It can be a purely
recreational class or something educational, which can converted
into lesson plans.
Take the class idea one step further and teach it at
the community education level. Most school districts offer
enrichment classes on a wealth of different subjects. Not only will
this option afford you the chance to interact with your peers, it
will also give you the opportunity to earn extra money.
Plan a swap with other homeschool moms whereby you
can drop off
your children for some play time with other homeschooled children
and you can get out to do something you enjoy. Return the favor the
Volunteer with your children. There are many not for
profit organizations which allow families to volunteer together.
Depending on your duties, it will give you the chance to interact
with your neighbors and assist a great cause, at the same time.
Animal shelters, nature preserves and soup kitchens are examples of
‘family friendly’ organizations that are always on the lookout for
Whatever you choose to get involved in, if you make
time for your own social life, you’ll be happier homeschool mom.
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