5) Be Willing to Help. Support groups work because busy parents just like yourself
are willing to share their time and talent. You have a lot to offer, so look for opportunities to contribute to the group.
6) Pay Attention to Your Children’s Interactions With Other Parents and Children.
Often children aren’t as verbal in expressing themselves and as their guardians and advocates you have to go the extra
mile to make sure your children really are comfortable. In general, if the adults are genuine with you, their children will
most likely be friendly too, as the fruit doesn’t fall that far from the tree.
7) Build Your Own. If all else fails, be willing to start your own support
group. Post fliers at the local library, grocery store bulletin boards, community centers, doctors’ office, church,
Even when you follow these suggestions, sometimes the “perfect” support group is still elusive. If you find
yourself in a place where the pickings are slim, be mindful that it is just temporary. If necessary, choose what is the lesser
of the evils and supplement your social networks with healthy non-homeschool alternatives. During the early years in Arizona
when I could not find a welcoming group, we limited our participation with homeschoolers to organized physical education classes
and select fieldtrips and invested more time in activities through our church, such as Bible Study, Choir and Dance.