Over the last few months, I have been watching some of my fellow homeschoolers. I am noticing a trend that makes me more than a little bit nervous. While seeking out homeschooling wisdom, these homeschool moms seem to seek out their peers. Now don’t get me wrong, people your own age can have some great wisdom. However, there are some amazing older homeschool moms who can give you wisdom their younger counterparts wouldn’t consider. Today I want to talk about the value of older homeschool moms. I think it might sway you to approach an older mom and ask for some wisdom.
Value of Older Homeschool Moms
They have been there.
I think it’s safe to say that older homeschool moms have been there. In fact, some of the best advice I ever received was from a mom who was teaching her 7th child to read. Don’t discount the fact that these moms may have been right where you are.
They have made mistakes.
So often, people look at an adult’s grown children and think of doing the opposite of them because of issues they have. Instead, approach that mom. Ask what she would have done differently. I can say for a fact that there are many things I would have done differently when I first started homeschooling. By spending some time with this mom you may learn that she has deep regrets over how something was handled. Learn from your deep regrets and you may avoid the same struggles.
They have succeeded.
If you are trying to succeed at something, why not approach someone who already has? Instead of approaching moms who have been homeschooling for the same time or less than you, approach the mom who has done her time and succeeded. Are you worried about homeschooling high school? Who better, than a mom who has graduated a homeschooler? What about being a mom to multiples while homeschooling? Ask the mom who has many children and continues to homeschool. You may learn a lot from their successes.
They have tricks.
Do anything for an extended period of time and you will learn tricks of the trade. For instance, I will never buy a whiteboard at the store when I can make my own. Talk to these older homeschool moms and ask them for their tricks to teaching a child to read, avoiding the emotional meltdowns, or handling testing. They may surprise you with some of the ways you can accomplish the same task more efficiently.
They will call it like it is.
In our world, today wisdom is overlooked. We want the easy way out. However, with many of these moms who have been there the easy way out didn’t work. Most older homeschool moms will call things for what they are. This may not always make you comfortable but it will help you in the long run if you are willing to listen and learn.
Do you have an older homeschool mom you go to for wisdom? What is the biggest thing she has ever taught you?
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