Monday, April 20, 2015

Reasons to Attend the NCHE Homeschool Conference #4



Yesterday I shared with you my #5 reason that I'm excited the attend the NCHE Homeschool Conference next month.  If you haven't read it, click here to check it out.  Go ahead, I'll wait.  


Ok, so ready for the fourth reason?  Alrighty....


Reason #4:


Fellowship


Sometimes, when I'm struggling so much as a parent, there is nothing else in this world that comforts me as much as knowing I'm not alone...that someone else is struggling with the same thing.  When Jaxon makes my head (and heart) hurt by being so demanding and difficult, a friend of mine says "Oh no, he's not the only one.  My little princess (name withheld to protect the guilty) is a tiny terror, too!"  And we compare the striking similarities of these two adorably crazy 5 year old kiddos.  When Adisson is being every bit of the word TWEENAGER, I can look to my friends with 12 year old sons and together we smile and nod (silently commiserating with one another).


When embarking on the homeschooling journey, especially without knowing others who homeschool, or being the only one in your family that has decided that homeschooling is the best fit for your family, it can feel lonely.  You want to know that you're doing the very best that you can so without having a friend to say "Ohhh, girl, I've been there!" it's easy to feel like you're all alone.


Hanging out at the NCHE Homeschool Conference, you are SURROUNDED with people who have made the same decision regarding educating their children.  Listening to speakers, flipping through books, whatever you're doing, you're in the company of other likeminded families.  It definitely reassures the decision we've made and encourages me on this journey.


A few years ago, I attended the conference with a friend.  I really felt encouraged and uplifted by the time spent together.  This year, I would love to do the same with my amazing friend, Dawn.  :)  What about you?  Do you attend homeschool conferences with a friend?  Do you meet up with people while you're there?  Have longstanding dinner plans on Friday night after sessions end and the vendor hall closes for the evening? :)





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