17 In Homeschooling

A Working Mom’s Homeschool Life: E – Encouragement

Thanks for joining me today for the blogging A to Z challenge as I share my life as a working homeschool mom and blog my way through the alphabet. Visit my series landing page for all of the posts in this series. 


E – Encouragement

When I first began homeschooling, I relied a lot on the encouragement of other homeschooling moms that I know personaly. I looked to them for advice on curriculum choices, etc. But over the last year, most of the homeschooling mom’s that I went to for advice have graduated their students. Although they are still in my life, it’s harder to get their attention with regard to homeschooling. You know, they’ve been there, done that.

God has been so faithful to bring me encouragement through many of the homeschoolers I’ve met through blogging. These ladies are my homeschooling heroes. I’m not sure they all know who I am, but I read their blogs every day and am always encouraged. It doesn’t matter if they are homeschooling littles or teens, their wisdom and wealth of knowledge always gives me a fresh perspective.

I would like to share a few of my homeschooling heroes with you that I’ve been blessed to find on the world wide web.

Jen @ Practical By Default – Jen is one of my top homeschooling heroes. She is a working mom, like me, and still manages to homeschool. I used to feel so alone as a working homeschool mom. But not since I found Jen. Plus, she has a teenager as do I. Her site is a wealth of information that will keep you going back for more. She also runs a popular Facebook Group for working homeschool moms. If you are one of those, you have to request to join. You will be so encouraged both by her blog and the Facebook Group.

Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break – I’ve followed Kym’s blog for a while now, and have gotten to know her even more over these last couple of years as we are both on the Homeschool Review Crew. Kym shares often about what is happening in her homeschool, what curriculum they are trying, what is working, what isn’t, etc. She also has a high school student, so I’ve been reading and taking note as far as what might work for my child next year.

Kris @ Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers – I found this site through a Facebook share last year and have been stalking her blog ever since. Kris also has teens, and has successfully graduated another. I really enjoy reading her weekly wrap ups and tell myself I need to find a way to fit these types of posts into my crazy week. This site is full of articles on homeschooling from preschool through high school, as well as organizational tips.

Erica @ Confessions Of A Homeschooler – I found this site two years ago while searching for curriculum choices. Erica does a recap ever year of what curriculum she has chosen for her various grade level children. This past year, she had a child in 8th grade, as do I, so I’ve been following closely. Along with great curriculum choices, she shares recipes and organizational tips and runs the COAH Community, which I also gain a lot of good information from.

These are just a few of the homeschool blogs I read when I need to be encouraged as a working mom, or as a mom homeschooling a teen. Even though I’ve never met these ladies personally, I want them to know how they have encouraged me over the last two years as I’ve began this journey.

Along with these fabulous blogs, I am loving getting to know the other homeschool bloggers on the Crew. If you are looking for some great homeschool blogs to read, check out the Crew Blog Roll.  I’m having so much fun visiting the various blogs listed.

Whether a homeschooler or not, what blogs do you read for encouragement?

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Nita
    February 16, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful resources. I remember feeling out of place as a working mom, not being able to involve my kids in some of the homeschool groups and finding others like me was a challenge.

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      Barbie
      February 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

      We are a rare breed, aren’t we? Although more and more moms are finding out that if they have that desire, and feel it’s best for their child, they can make it work. Blessings!

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    Jen|Practical By Default
    February 16, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Aw thanks for including me 🙂 You are adorable I am glad we can encourage each other. It is so true I felt so alone trying to work, homeschool teenagers and it was crazy how little was out there as far as help. I read Kris blog but I am looking forward to checking these others out in my spare time. 😉

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      Barbie
      February 17, 2017 at 7:03 am

      You’re welcome Jen. You have so much to offer to homeschoolers I just had to share you (although some times i just want to keep you all to myself, carry you around in my pocket) 🙂 I promise I’m not a stalker!

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    Melissa
    February 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I knew of some of these sites, but several were new to me.

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      Barbie
      February 17, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Thanks so much Melissa. Your site has been a blessing to me as well in the short time I’ve been following. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    Amanda Hopkins
    February 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I love these sites! These ladies are awesome! Thank you for sharing with us!

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      Barbie
      February 17, 2017 at 7:05 am

      You’re welcome Amanda. Blessings!

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    Natalie @messymom
    February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Blog your way through the alphabet? This is so fun! I have a lot of homeschooling heroes in my life, I don’t think any of them are bloggers, but sometimes I feel like their Facebook pages are!

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      Barbie
      February 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

      That’s so true about Facebook Natalie. I’m enjoying reading your blog!

  • Reply
    Zekesmom10
    February 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I know when we started homeschooling, I might have felt waaaay over my head without the encouragement and support of a few IRL heroes, as well as these great bloggers.

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      Barbie
      February 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    annette from A net in Time
    February 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I often read those bloggers too! 🙂 Kym for her art posts… great way to inspire my lad you know? 🙂

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      Barbie
      February 18, 2017 at 11:04 am

      I have a “non-artist” in my home as well. I’ve loved getting to know you through your blog and sharing this journey with you.

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    Lori
    February 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Encouragement comes in so many different ways. I am glad you found ones that work for what you need at this point in your life.

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      Barbie
      February 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Lori!

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