Welcome to homeschooling!
I know you just got here, but I wanted to make sure somebody stood up and waved, welcomed you aboard and said, “I’m glad you’re here!”
You are just getting started, and maybe you have questions. You’re excited. Probably a little nervous. Maybe worried, too.
You want your kids to do well. You want them to be normal. You wonder if you’ll measure up as a teacher, too.
I remember those feelings. Everyone has them. I’m just glad we are having the chance to meet, so I can tell you how normal you are.
When I first started, one of the first things I remember is the other moms. I called around, asked questions, and one day showed up in the park where they were meeting. I met moms who were very in control and moms that were very relaxed. I met moms that were planning every single hour of every day, and moms who seemed to take every day at a time, never quite knowing what they and their children would be doing next.
Though I didn’t see any moms exactly like me, those meetings put me at ease, and I knew I would eventually find a place either among them, or some similar group nearby.
I hope you’ve met moms like these, too. If not, I hope you find some soon.
When I first started, I remember hearing so many different things — all at once. Terms I had never even heard of. Products I had no idea where to find. Names of books, courses, and other people. I tried to soak it up (taking notes, cause that’s my style) and research them all. I knew I could do it, but it was a lot to take in all at once.
Has that happened to you? If it hasn’t, get ready…it might.
How are things going?
Are you handling it all okay?
Are you firm in your decision to homeschool, or still thinking?
Have you begun the research and the reading, or are you still looking for information to help get started?
We have never met, and maybe never will. But I feel as if I know you, because you’re a lot like I was.
I feel like I know you, because you are me so many years ago.
I feel like I know you, because I have met hundreds (thousands?) of moms just like you over the last 20+ years.
We haven’t met, and maybe never will. But I feel as if I know you, because you are a lot like other moms I have met before.
In the world of homeschooling (or really, in the world of parenting) we’re all so different, yet still so very much alike. We love our kids and want to do the best we can. We’re busy in the present while worrying about the future. We’re handling details of today and planning for tomorrow. Somehow, we do it. It’s noble work, but not easy. Not by a long-shot.
So, welcome! I’m glad you’re here.
It may take time, but you’ll do fine. I know, because I did. You will, too.
But, if you need me, I’m here. I can work with you to select courses, choose products, plan schedules, find resources and meet other people. Let me know how I can help. (Click here to get help.)
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