Support Group

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What is a support group?

Whether you are a homeschooling parent, or a work at home mom or an advocate for something,  it is important that we find like-minded friends who will support us through your journey. They are the people who believes in what you believe in and share a common goal with you. You meet regularly and consistently to connect and supprort one another.

 

Why do I need to find a support group?

We all know that tough days will come and when they do, these friends or our support group will help remind  us that there are people who understand and support us in these situations that we go through. They can provide insight, encouragement and prayer in our own journey.

 

 

How do I find a support group?

Finding such a group can be difficult. It is a known fact that we can’t get along with everyone and we are all different. But if we are sensitive to the Lord’s leading, He will provide us with friends who He knows will bring out the best in us. The usual places where we can meet like minded friends can be :

> through online communities

> through church

> through common friends

 

If you are a homeschooler, I would encourage you to find your own group. If you can’t find an existing one, then create one.

Pray about it.  Invite people. Extend grace.

In the 5 years that we have been homeschooling, I am grateful that I have a support group that meets, if not, stays in touch with each other through email and prayer. I probably wouldn’t have homeschooled until today without them.

If you are a new homeschooler, this would be a great avenue to finding life long friends. If you are a veteran homeschooler, this would be a way to pass on the knowledge and share the experience to newbie families who needs support and guidance. As Proverbs 17:17 says “a friend loves at all times”. Let us be God’s instrument to others who are making the same journey with us.

Mom Support Groups

Whether you are a new mom or you’e been a mom for the last 10 years or more, you always have a need for support and information. I have been a mom for the past 8 years and one of the things that I have learned is that moms need support from other moms. It doesn’t matter whether your kids are 1 year old or 10 year olds. Support from others will always be a source of information and encouragement to better parenting.

Support groups can come in the form of:
1. your own social circle of friends
2. FB groups, Twitter friends
3. Blogger friends and mom forum friends
4. Friends from religious groups
5. Magazines or books
6. Product clubs

As our kids grow up, we encounter different circumstances and challenges and sometimes, asking other moms for help and information is the best way to deal with them. When my kids were still babies, my personal source of information were books, magazines and mom blogs that I often visit. I always checked them for tips and how-to articles regarding baby care. Eventually, I discovered great products that other moms reviewed and some great but easy dishes to prepare at home. Now that my kids are school aged, I especially love those mom blogs which discuss biblical parenting and parenting tips. Discipline and issues of the heart are the common issues I deal with most often lately. Since we also homeschool the kids, homeschooling articles in the internet are also my source of support. Of course, nothing beats having a homeschool support group who prays with you and shares your burden with you.

It is through these support groups that you also grow as a person. You learn to help, become considerate and put others first. Support groups can also be venues for outreach and for community projects. It is not only a place where you get support but you also learn to give to others.

Do you have your own support group? What group is this?