Finding Your Tribe When You’re a Homeschool Mom

It is so easy to become isolated as a mother, let alone as a homeschool mom

We spend so much time taking care of other people, we sometimes come last (or not at all). We need connection though. We need to feel not alone. When we feel connected to other people, we are more able to bear the burdens we struggle within our lives. The key to finding this connection and relief is to find people that understand you, love you, and make you feel relaxed in their company: your tribe.  Finding your tribe, as a homeschool mom, is important.

As the parents of a child with special needs and homeschoolers, we have a couple more obstacles in our path to finding the right people to include in our circle. As a severe introvert, I especially find this difficult. I have learned a few things through trial and error and talking with people I trust, and I want to share those thoughts with you so if you are feeling alone, you can start to connect.

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Coloring and the like for easy self-care

Coloring is fun for adults too

So is painting!  If you feel like, “I can’t draw worth a darn, and it’s only going to stress me out more,” then consider an adult coloring book or grab some on Pinterest.  There’s also the option of taking classes online.  There are tons of platforms with online art lessons or even YouTube.

In 2017, I purchased the Made with Love ultimate bundle and was HOOKED with the Craftsy class I received through it.  I hadn’t heard of it before then.  We chose an illustration class and ended up using it for our homeschool art lessons.  It was really relaxing and fun to kick back and learn the basics of illustration for picture books.

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See a movie alone – easy self-care for Moms

Yes… completely by yourself

Don’t feel weird going to a movie alone!  I went, alone, for the first time when I was 19 or 20.  Life or Something Like it was new and I was dying to see it.  Absolutely no one I knew wanted to see it with me.  I finally went, really late at night on a weeknight. 😂

I laugh now and wonder why I thought it was such a big deal.  Although, I talk to plenty of people who feel like it would be weird still.  I promise you that no one cares if you’re alone.  I never seem to pay attention to whether people are alone.  Seriously, who polices that?  It sounds silly, right!?  I doubt you think much of it when you see people alone in theaters.  We’ve just turned it into such a social activity, which is odd because you aren’t supposed to talk to each other the whole time!

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Listen to audiobooks – 15 days of practical self care

Yes, listen to audiobooks…

if you don’t already, audiobooks are a great way to bask in some wisdom or inspiration.  You can learn about something that’s just for you. You don’t have to be peacefully seated, uninterrupted, or struggling to stay awake as you read in bed!

Perhaps you just need an escape from reality a bit?  A good mystery or sweet love story (any other Notebook fans with me?) can be just what you need to take your mind off of endless anxiety loops.

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Adding Pedicures to Your Self-Care List

Make manicures or pedicures part of your self-care routine!

Getting out for professional Manicures or Pedicures is ahhhhmazing, but time and money…  I know that’s not always an option; it’s certainly not for me!

Consider stocking up on Epsom salts, essential oils, and anything else you may need to give yourself a manicure or pedicure at home.  Taking time to take care of yourself is important.  This is another part of the physical aspect of self-care.

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