I hear of so many moms who are discouraged because of the homeschool nay-sayers in their family. It breaks my heart to hear how the negativity they encounter can leave them feeling defeated and isolated in their own family. It shouldn't be this way, but often times it is and I would like to share with you some tips to help you, if you experience this in your own family.
How to Quiet the Homeschool Nay-Sayers in Your Family
Find Your Confidence
Our family is usually a wonderful place to build your confidence and find support for your choices in life. When a homeschool family doesn't get this support from their own family, the next best thing is to build your own confidence in your choices.
Answer yourself ‘why you homeschool', ‘what benefits do you expect from homeschooling' and ‘who are you homeschool for'. Once you know these answers, write them down and read them often. Once you believe in your own choices, without wavering, others opinions won't hurt you as much.
Find a Support Group
Support is crucial to everyone. If you know that your extended family aren't able to support you in your decision to homeschool, it is very important that you find a support group that will be there when you need them, offer advice where you struggle and celebrate with you when accomplishments have been achieved.
I offer a support group for those who use the Charlotte Mason way to educate your family, as well as a readers support group for every area of life (including homeschooling in general). I would also recommend finding a local homeschooling support group that can support you face to face. You may need to start looking at your state's homeschooling organization for a list of groups near you.
Find Other Things to Talk About with Your Family
I only have a few family members that don't seem completely supportive of our choice to homeschool our children, as well as how we have raised them. What I have found to work for these relationships was to find other things that we could agree on and talk about them, instead. It does hurt when I'm not able to freely share such a large part of our life with those we love, but the stress of having it discussed keeps the discussion for those who desire to hear how things are going and what we are learning.
Find Ways to Showcase Your Child's Accomplishments
We have enjoyed doing Show n' Tells at the end of the year and inviting a few families. This is a great way to share what you do with family as well. To make this a success, you need to plan for it early in the year and have projects planned to show during this time. Collections, journals, nature finds and binder books have been some of our favorite things to display and have the children share about them.
In the end, we can't change people. We can only change ourselves and how we react to others. So the best way to quiet homeschool nay-sayers in your family is follow these tips that will give you the confidence in your choice to homeschool, get the support you need, focus on building important relationships within your family and give them the opportunity to see what homeschool is really about with an annual Show n' Tell.
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