We know you care about reaching out to women of all ages and life stages. Today we’re focusing on how to reach mothers who home-school their children.
Most kids leave their homes every morning to go to school, but about 2 million children in the United States stay at home for their education. This trend continues to grow, so it’s likely there’s a pocket of home-school moms in your church.
These moms are typically with their kids 24/7, and that’s what makes their needs unique. Many of these women struggle with a self-critical nature because they’re living out every moment of their daily lives in front of their school-age children. When their patience fails, their compassion runs dry, or they simply got up on the wrong side of the bed, their kids see it all. The typical home-school mom feels overwhelmed at times with the responsibility of her children’s education on her shoulders, on top of all the everyday stay-at-home-mom stuff.
Home-school moms desire unity with and respect from the other women at church. There’s often an underlying tension between home-school moms and moms who send their kids to public or private school, caused by negative preconceived notions of each other’s choices. The public school moms may think that home-school moms believe their kids are “too good” for public school. Or the home-school moms may believe that the Bible says children should only be taught at home. These are extreme perspectives along the continuum, but a conundrum nonetheless.
The home-school mom’s heart can be blessed with encouragement, prayer, and reassurance. A practical way to serve these moms is to offer childcare for their younger children a few hours each week while they teach their older kids. The distraction-free time is a huge benefit. Think about creating a list of senior citizens or retired folks who could be called on weekly to lend a hand.
Another key component for these women is time to themselves to be refreshed and rejuvenated. Eating a meal without discussing the physiology of earthworm excrement is like salve to their souls. Offer an afternoon or evening out so they can enjoy the silence once a month with free childcare. Many home-school families don’t have a lot of extra money since they’re supporting a family on one income. Consider blessing the moms with a gift card to a local store or a restaurant to spend the evening with their hubby.
Jill Brett and her family live in New Jersey. She home-schools her kids and hides in the bathroom to eat her secret stash of chocolate.