Dear Helping Hand,
Is there any information about homeschooling an only child? We have been homeschooling our daughter since the 3rd grade. She currently is in the 7th grade. I read extensively and subscribe to many homeschooling periodicals, but I've never seen this topic addressed. Thanks, Paulette
I’m afraid your powers of observation are correct. There just isn’t much out there targeting your particular need. I’ve done my own web and print search and have come up pretty empty handed on this particular topic. (Anyone out there care to help out? Suggestions are welcome!) Your best bet will be to find a message board that will let participants choose new topic threads. I know the PHS forum on America Online (Keyword: PHS) has a folder devoted to this topic and there are bound to be more like it out there. More and more web sites are developing their own message boards, so even if you don’t subscribe to AOL or CompuServe, you should find plenty to keep you busy. I came across one newsletter written for parents of one child. I can’t vouch for the content, but you may want to give it a look. Only Child News, 137 North Larchmont Boulevard #556, Los Angeles, California, 90004. www.onlychild.com
Why the lack of support? I’m guessing most of it has to do with the fact that parents of one child are more concerned than most about the socialization aspect. Sending them off to school must seem like the only logical option for developing friendships. The fact that you are still homeschooling after five years tells me that you must be pleased with your choice.
Your question doesn’t mention a particular reason that you’re looking for support, but the fact that you already subscribe and read extensively shows that you are "plugged in" to the printed world. I hope you’re connected to some local support or fellowship groups as well. Some of the most energetic planners and organizers I’ve seen are those without a lot of obligations at home. Why not consider starting a co-op group or club that would pertain to your daughter’s interests?
On the flip side though, remember that your job as a Teacher-Mom is not to be the sole creator and provider of your daughter’s social life. Part of growing up is learning to take steps to form relationships outside our family circles. How fortunate for your daughter that she has you to help her and guide her along the way!
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