By: Krystle Crossman
One of the biggest stigmas with home-schooling is that the children do not get the socialization that they need with other kids. This of course does not have to be true at all for the kids, but what about for the home-school moms? They are in the house all day long with the kids during “school” hours, and then they have to run errands, and then work on taking care of the family for the rest of the night. That doesn’t leave a ton of time for socialization with other adults. There are some things that mothers can do to get out there and get some adult time with others as suggested by writer Amida on the blog Journey into Unschooling.
First you should find out who else in your area home-schools and try to connect with one of them. There are plenty of mothers that teach their kids at home so the probability is high that you will find a mother to reach out to. If you can’t find individual mothers to spend time with you can look up play groups and join one of those in order to connect with other home-school mothers. Try and find a playgroup that has children that are the same age your children so that they can get their social time in and make new friends as well.
You can also attend park days. This is when a group of people go to a park to spend time with each other on an organized day and time. It is a great place to meet new home-school mothers and share stories about what has been working and what hasn’t been working for you. You can get tips and tricks from others and share your wisdom. Find someone that has common interests and then build a friendship from there. If you don’t find anyone to connect with go to the next park day. Most of the women that go to the park days often will know each other so it can be hard being the new mother in the group but the more outgoing you are the more people you can connect with.