The Importance of Community


 
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Not long ago, I had a bad homeschooling day.

It was a really bad day that involved yelling, belittling,  and tears.

I was ashamed of my behavior and how I allowed my flesh to overcome the Spirit within me.

I prayed. I repented.  I needed to talk to my homeschooling mama friends.

I logged on to the Upside Down Homeschooling Facebook page and posted this message:

How is your day going today?

I am struggling big time. Dealing with feelings of envy, bitterness, anger and fatigue. This mama needs a time out. Going to put school on hold for a moment and find an attitude adjustment through God’s word.

A few short seconds later, the first comment was posted. It simply said these two words that completely changed my day: “me too.”

Someone else was sharing in this bad day with me. Someone else knew my pain, frustration and shame. I wasn’t alone.

But it didn’t stop there.

The comments kept rolling in. Words of encouragement,  prayers and virtual hugs from women in the trenches of homeschooling who completely understood where I was coming from.

In that moment,  they were here in my home with me. Encouraging me to keep going, praying for a better tomorrow,  saying “me too”.

This, sweet friends is what Upside Down Homeschooling is all about. Community.  Friendships.  Love. Encouragement.  Camaraderie.

Homeschooling isn’t easy. Some days are really bad. On those days you need someone to turn to who just ‘gets it’.

Do you have a close homeschooling friend that you can turn to? Someone to chat over coffee with? Someone you can meet at a local park for an impromptu playdate?

If not, join a local Homeschool group. If that isn’t an option,  a virtual hug is better than no hug at all. You have over 1, 000 fellow homeschooling moms in this community who will love and encourage you every step of the way. You are not alone.

Where do you turn when you need homeschooling support?


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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. So true – we need to grow relationships in Christ – that help our hearts grow in and for him. We were created to live n community.

  2. I think you just listed one of the main reasons I turn on my computer everyday 🙂

  3. Thanks for this!
    I totally agree…but we are having a hard time finding a community in “real” life as there was an incident that split us from our HSing group. I do lean on my virtual community and I have found true true friends here. I am really happy to have discovered you and other like minded moms on the FB page for Blogging Christian HS Mommies…Your posts are encouraging and practical. Had I seen your posting on the UDHS FB page, I;d have chimed in as well! 🙂
    I’d be honored if you’d consider linking up to my blog hop called “Memoir Mondays”…I always post on the FB page if interested.
    have a wonderful day
    x
    Chris

  4. No one “gets it” like another homeschool mom. We all need this community both online and in real life.

  5. Love this Heather!
    I recently wrote a post about finding a support network for your journey as a mom/homeschooler/wife/woman for Hip Homeschool Moms (it will post this Friday), and I didn’t even get around to mentioning on how much having an online support network can bless you on a daily basis too. I have been there, having those days when I don’t know what else to do or where to turn, and I see something on my Facebook or Twitter feed that says “Hey Mama, you’re not the only one!” I am so thankful for that! God communicates His great love and grace for us in so many ways, and our homeschooling community online is one of those dynamic channels.

    I hope more moms will get plugged in online to the great communities we have so they can find those support life lines when they need them!
    Renée at NextGen Homeschool

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