Online Communities

I love online communities.

For a homeschooling mom, making online connections can be a good thing. If you are the only person that you know that homeschools, or has a large family, or has an atypical child, an online community can give you a place to vent, seek advice, or learn from other more experienced moms.

I’ve found several online communities and I value them for the sense of community that I’ve found there. When I’m feeling lonely, overwhelmed, or just wondering why I homeschool at all, these online communities can offer around the clock advice, support, and reminders of why I do what I do.

Before you get involved in an online community, you need to remember these few things.

  1. If you struggle with time management, you probably should set a timer. You can easily get sucked into chatting with folks and waste way too much time online.
  2. Not everyone is the way that they portray themselves. You can be whoever you want to be online. So some people may seem nice and open minded, but can show their true colors when a controversial issue pops up.
  3.  Avoid politics. Just don’t go there.
  4. You will get a million different pieces of advice when you seek it online. Sift through it for useful nuggets that dovetail with your life philosophy and educational goals and discard the rest.
  5. If you wouldn’t say it in real life to a real person, don’t say it online. If you want to offer some advice to someone else, be sure to read and re-read your post to make sure that your true intentions come across and to avoid misunderstandings.
  6. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your kids, husband, or mother in law to read. They could come across it inadvertently and be very hurt if you shared too much.
  7. Put on your big girl panties and deal with people who say hurtful things online. Some people online are unkind and rude. Some communities are nicer than others. If you take it all personally, you probably don’t need to be online.
  8. Avoid sarcasm. It doesn’t come across well online and people can be offended and hurt by it.

Online communities are a good tool for many homeschooling moms. By using them, you can figure out the best teaching method for your kids, get real-life reviews on curriculum, and get educational advice and tips on customizing your program for you and your kids.

 

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