The Encouragement of Co-op
It’s been 4 years since my girls and I have been a part of a local co-op. We were only there for one year and we because I felt exhausted and overwhelmed with our schedule at the time. I thought it was something we could drop and not really notice.
Since then we’ve plugged away in our homeschool, danced the night away in classes for both girls and your normal running around with a crazy busy life. Life was still hectic and I didn’t feel that extra breath like I thought I would. Instead, I felt something else. Alone.
Yes, I had my girlfriends and wasn’t actually “alone”. But when it comes to homeschooling your kids only another homeschool mom is truly going to understand all of the emotions that go along with it.
When you have one of those days where your kids just aren’t motivated to listen and do their work. Or maybe you’re the one that isn’t “feeling it”. Only another homeschool mom is going to get that and encourage you do keep going. Others are more inclined to say “maybe it’s time to put them in school” or “you’ve gone as far as you can go, it’s time to let the pros do it”. I’ve heard both of these many times now. I truly don’t think my friends and family are saying these things to be mean. I think they honestly think they are helping with this advice. They just don’t get it.
Most of us that homeschool are doing this because we feel called to it. We feel that this is what the Lord desires for our family. So the idea of “sending them to school” because life got difficult can tear you down and isn’t actually what you need to hear.
I’m Feeling Encouraged Again
We’ve been back to co-op since the beginning of this school year and I couldn’t be happier. My girls are making new friends and rebuilding old friendships. The classes they are taking are wonderfully taught by loving moms. Our Christmas break is getting ready to begin and all three of us are disappointed to take the time off.
When I talk about my daughter who is trying to talk her way out of a project or my class clown who has an amazing ability to sidetrack me, I have another mom saying “oh I totally get that”. When I wonder if I’m doing the right thing I have another mom walking beside me saying “you’ve got this, it was just a tough moment”. I love that. I love knowing that I’m not actually alone.
Are you a part of a local co-op? What makes you keep coming back?
I’d love for you to join us on Facebook for our own online community just for homeschoolin’ mamas: Homeschoolin’ Mama Community. Join us to see that you’re not alone. We may not be able to sit right next to you physically, but we can join you in prayer and encourage you to keep on the path that God has called you to walk.
Love Life, Love God, Live For HIM…