"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!" -- Stuart Smalley.
Are you in a "support group?" Having some trouble with that addiction or with codependency? Or are you trying to get support and understanding from others with autistic, bipolar or adopted children? Or do you have a medical condition like lupus? I've seen support groups for all these things and more. I've also seen support groups for...
Yes, homeschooling is unusual enough that you, friend, need a support group so that you can realize how normal you are. For an unusual person, anyway.
I was very interested in joining a homeschool support group when I first started to homeschool the little Elf. But there wasn't one to be found at the nearby mega-church. Not enough interest, I guess, and the group broke up because only three people would show up. Now that I've been at this a bit, I'm not so sure I'd WANT to join a homeschool support group.
I've heard the atheists, objectivists and other assorted non-religious folks say that when they start a group and leave the membership open, those obnoxious Christians take it over and tell everyone what to do. Jana writes that on the other end, she was "outed" as a non-Christian because of what some weirdos in Wisconsin did years ago in another group. And Kerrie writes about how she's just not Catholic enough if she does the sign of the cross with her left hand.
Spunky writes, "Cliques develop between the families; or politics and religion can often escalate tensions. Eventually, what started out as a support group often becomes stressful and a stumbling block. I have seen this happen way too often. So for better or worse that has kept me away from participating as well..."
"So I'm not sure what to think about support groups anymore. I know I enjoy them when I do go. Yet, I don't have the same commitment to them that I used to. Is this common as homeschoolers move from 'rookie' to 'veteran' status?"
I know more than one online forum has imploded as well, usually based on misunderstandings or a hard-line stance that leaves others at the edges feeling left out. Have you ever been a member of a group, and what was your experience like?