Prov. 27:17 – "As iron sharpens iron, so one man [family] sharpens another."

When you began your homeschool adventure, where was it that you went to ask questions, get answers, find the camaraderie of many shoulders to cry on and find out that your child wasn't a freak because he was having trouble with his nine times-tables? Where was it that you could count on someone with experience to be there for you?

Does "support group" ring a bell to anyone?

I hate to say it, but in many areas support groups are going the way of snow in the summer time...they seem to be melting away and fading into the atmosphere. And I say, "what a shame."

It's come to my attention that many of our precious experienced homeschoolers are starting to drift away from attending support group meetings. Do they feel that they have out-grown them?

Look at it this way: if I take two pieces of rusty, dull iron – I have two pieces of rusty, dull iron! But if I rub them together something great happens; they start to change. They become a little sharper; they become a little brighter and shinier. They become something usable. Iron can't sharpen iron unless there is friction between the two...they have to meet together.

As I asked you in the beginning, think about when you were a new homeschooler and your child just wasn't catching on to a concept and, at your wit's end, you went to your homeschool support group and started asking around for help. Lo and behold! There was a wonderful, experienced mom there who had actually "been there, done that"! You went home, tried her advice and it worked!

Now...think of this: A new homeschool mom, full of hopes and dreams and fears comes to your homeschool support group. Her child just isn't catching on to a concept and she's at her wit's end; she's come to your support group and starts asking around for help. Lo and behold! Does she find it from you...OR is this one of those nights when you decided you just didn't want to go tonight? After all, what more do YOU need to learn about homeschooling since you've done it for so long?

Well, what if the reason you are to STILL attend your group has changed? What if it's now a ministry? What if the reason that new homeschool mom leaves the meeting a little sadder and a little more fearful and discouraged is because you weren't there to answer her questions the way someone was there for you?

Isn't it time for us to be there for a new generation of homeschoolers? Isn't it time for us to share our experiences, our triumphs, our joys and even our failures with the new crowd? Isn't that part of our Titus 2 duty? Did the Lord really make you a part of your group JUST so you could get a newsletter, go to gym or co-op or field trips, find out about curriculum sales and legislative updates? I don't think so.

This is a new season in our lives and an opportunity to shine as examples of experienced homeschool moms!

Let's not be a part of the "me, me, me" crowd...we're past that. Let's be the Lord's hands and feet and minister to our sisters and their families and ease some of those fears and build some dreams! After all, a long time ago someone cared enough to be there for you. Now it's your turn.

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Kim Wolf has been married to her best friend, Ty, for 21 years and they are in their 13th year of homeschooling. The Wolf's are very involved in the music ministry of their church, particularly in the praise team. Kim is not only a Miami County Ohio homeschool coordinator, but she is a staff writer/product reviewer/Ohio web-site coordinator for The Old Schoolhouse homeschool magazine. She is also a freelance writer and speaker. Wolfhomeschool@erinet.com 
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