I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my homeschooling friends. When I was contemplating starting this journey, I was so afraid of being isolated, alone and not having anyone to relate to. BOY was I wrong!!!!!
For anyone who knows me, you know how social I am. I am the definition of an extrovert. It's ridiculous really. I remember a conversation with my husband back in the day.....he asked me what my hobbies were......I thought about it & replied "Hanging out with friends, meeting new people, going new places!" So the thought of homeschooling scared the crap out of me.
As you have probably read before, I fully researched groups ad opportunities in the area before diving into this. I am not one to stay home with my kids. I think J was 2 weeks old before I had cabin fever & we were out & about! Well, needless to say, the Hudson Valley is FULL of amazing, creative, fun and active homeschoolers! I count myself so lucky to have found them and consider many of them my friends!
In today's world of the Internet and Social Media, it makes it quite easy to link up with like minded people. So jump on and use it to your full advantage.
TWO WORDS: Google Groups! For those of you already homeschooling or thinking about it, check out your local Google Groups. This is where I found so many like minded individuals! Facebook is also a great resource! I'm a technology klutz, but social media has helped me to connect to so many homeschool groups in the area. I suggest you do the same! Go to your local library. Many homeschoolers have groups that meet at the library. Check out homeschool programs at places like aquariums, zoos and parks.
Just like when you are a new mom (or Dad) and are feeling isolated and alone, finding other parents doing the same things you are, helps keep you sane! Talking to veteran homeschoolers helps you learn the ins and outs of dealing with your state laws, school district requirements, testing, etc. And just having comrades to do the simple things with - like going to the park - really helps you along the way.
If you don't have people locally, use social media to connect with others. Chatting online, reading homeschool blogs, hearing others' perspectives, struggles and successes is such a help.
The moral of the story is DO NOT LET YOURSELF BE ISOLATED. There are many ways to connect with other like minded individuals. It may seem scary or daunting at first, but once you do it, you'll be so glad you did!