Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
They have a park day, but field trips are a little lacking. The group is small. They’re open to a nature club, but finding someone to step up and lead might be a challenge. The ladies seem great, but not all the kids are as well-mannered as we’d like… Have you discovered sometimes finding the ‘perfect’ homeschool group can seem akin to searching for unicorns?
The notion of being involved in an active homeschool group is wonderful. The outings, learning opportunities, and edification sounds lovely. The issue of socialization isn’t high on our list of homeschooling concerns. But, let’s face it, we all like having friends.
What happens when we can’t find the right homeschooling group? For whatever reason, we never find a proper fit for our family. Mom isn’t building relationships, the kids dislike the activities available, and/or our local group isn’t as organized as we’d like them to be.
Perhaps we’re overlooking a few things.
No group is going to be perfect. None. Even if the group seems wonderful at the get-go, something is bound to come up. There will always be difficult situations to work through, opportunities to practice flexibility, grace needed, and patience tested. We also need to keep in mind groups are only as good as we put into them. If our local homeschool group has potential, but needs a little boost, the Lord might be using us to step up and help. It won’t be perfect, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a blessing.
Our family is a group! Sometimes we don’t need to find these activities outside of our family – even though we might enjoy participating in these particular activities with others. All we need is right here. We can go on park days with our cousins, enjoy field trips with auntie, and learn baking from grandpa. Family is wonderful.
Searching for perfection, like unicorns, is pointless. It doesn’t exist this side of heaven, except in our imaginations and movies. It can also be dangerous. Instead of being grateful for the lovely in front of us, we are obsessed with finding the unattainable.
May we be open to the possibilities Christ is putting before us, praying carefully over our homeschooling decisions. May the Lord bless each of our families with close friends to share in the journey.
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
~ I Peter 4:8
Chime In!: How are you making the most of your homeschool group?