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"Stay Away From Negativity"

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Good morning all :) Well at least it is here in Ontario Canada (for another 20 min lol)

I want to talk about the importance of positive support. Ideally in the beginning stages of your homeschooling journey as well as throughout....

When my husband and I both made the decision to homeschool our children, I will admit that I was concerned about the reaction I might receive from family and friends... It means the world to me to know that I have the support of my family. Not that I need the approval or it was a deciding factor for us.... but it feels good to have the support instead of the negativity...

I have no idea why, but a lot of people are very resistant to "change" or anything that's not of the "norm"... Especially those who are not of this generation lol... They can be so firm on their opinions of anything that is done differently than it used to be... The thing that gets me the most especially is when people give an opinion on a topic they have no idea about or have even researched and are ignorant and stubborn about it... Like the homeschooling.... Today more and more parents are choosing this route for so many obvious reasons.... Anyone who has children and have experienced the public school system today will know what I am talking about.,, If anyone was to attempt at some research on homeschooling vs public school, they would find that scores from homeschooled children in comparison to public schooled children are slightly higher. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/30/testing-proves-success-of-grads/ Who knows better how to take care of their own children and what they need, than their own parents?? Who would have the most concern and care for their children's education than their own parents?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGp4KFLuQNc It seems like a no brainer to me but apparently some people can be so closed minded that they cant understand this concept.

So basically, in my opinion... In the beginning, try and surround yourself with people who are encouraging and supportive because making this decision is not an easy one and the last thing you need is Mr. Negative bringing you down and planting seeds of doubt.

Support can come from many places... I did some research on Facebook and found a local homeschool group in my area. This has been a great find. We meet up every Wednesday at a playtrium and the kids all play and us moms get to hang out and brainstorm together. This is also where the children have their dance and music lessons. So happy about this.

Also I have stumbled upon some very useful homeschooling groups that are spread out across the world. Such as these ones:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HipHomeschoolMomsCommunity/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/christianhomeschooloasis/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomeschoolingHighschoolers/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/567122276640599/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/25856326124/

Those are just a few that I have found to help you get started. I am sure there are more.

Do your best to not discuss your homeschooling with people who are negative about it. Surround yourself with people who are encouraging and positive and this will help with your spirits and give you the encouragement to believe in yourself... After you have been homeschooling for a while, you will be so confidant in your choice that you wont feel the effects of negative seeds being planted.

I hope you enjoyed this post and as always, I would love to hear back from all of you :)


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Ruby3881 wrote on January 6, 2015, 2:16 AM

When we first started homeschooling, most people were completely unaware that option existed. Schools sometimes actively discourage families from homeschooling, and will sometimes even spread misinformation about it being illegal. A lot of people are afraid to pull their kids out of school - and in some regions, it's with good reason!

But it is so true that finding supportive people makes a huge difference. If that support can't be had in your immediate entourage, find it with other homeschooling families.