Homeschooling Ups and Downs - What to Do When You Are Stuck

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What do you do when you have a difficult homeschooling issue on your mind?  What about when you are just stuck, or have things that are just not working out right, and you have no idea what to do about it?

When that happened to me, sometimes there was a homeschool family nearby to reach out to.  Or, on other occasions, a friend from Co-op had the answer.  Or one of my favorite bloggers served as a resource for me, and got me unstuck, or just got me on my way again.

What do you do when you are stuck?

Sometimes these options mentioned above are not readily available.  Or maybe your contacts are not up on the current topic that you are exploring and wanting an answer for.

In my opinion - There is always a way!!  

Looking back to our homeschooling years, I got stuck in some way, from time to time.  When that happened, my husband and I searched out our answers using a variety of approaches.

Sometimes our help came from a book.  Other times, it came from an online search or a trip to the library.  Or it was a contact through our local or online homeschool group.  If we still didn't have our answer, we  turned to a trusted advisor or a homeschool consultant.  

So today, let's consider those options, starting with looking for help in a trusted or new homeschooling book.

1.  BOOKS 

Sometimes we found our answer in a homeschooling book.  One book that I would have liked to have had on my shelf years ago, is the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas.  It is full of information from more than 60 homeschooling moms, on a variety of topics.  The folks at iHomeschool Network have just published their second book in this series.  Have you seen their new one yet?  

The new volume is written by over 50 homeschooling moms, on over 70 topics!  I sure could have used that book when I was at a loss.  I was asked to write a chapter of it, an honor for me.  My chapter is called "The Nervous Mom's Guide to College", which outlines how we planned high school at home, with college in mind.  Click here for more information and to get your copy.  I liked it so much that I wrote a review of it here.

If I couldn't find my answer in a book, I often did some researching online or at the library.  


When my daughter became a middle schooler and wanted to aim towards college, that is what I did, and I did a lot of it.  My local group did not have the answers that I was looking for, re homeschooling to college.  So I did my own research on that.  

The librarians and the college admissions offices were so helpful to me.  I also got a lot out of the college websites online.  Over the last 3 years, I put my best tips for high school and college into my very first published book.  

Have seen my book around called Homeschooling High School with College in Mind. Why re-invent the wheel?  I share lots of different ways to approach homeschooling high school, which can help you plan for your teen, whether they are college bound or not.

I hope that this book might save you lots of researching time!  Click here to look inside and get your copy, or just check out my first chapter of the book.

Sometimes, researching did not lead me to the answer to my problem.  If my answers were not found there, I often then turned to my yahoo email groups, which are now facebook groups.  


These groups, either yahoo or facebook based, were especially helpful when I was a newbie.  I would share my curriculum ideas and get helpful feedback.  I found out that I was not the only homeschooler who was nervous and wondering if I was doing enough!  I was that mom!

 Then when I hit an issue in high school, I often contacted my online groups, to search out my questions on college admissions and lots more.  I found it helpful to connect with other moms who had similar situations as far as their homeschools.

Are you looking for a group that focuses on high school and college?  I recently became a moderator of a  called College Discussions for Homeschoolers.  The owner of the group is a homeschooling mom who is also a college professor.  What great information she has, as a prof on campus!  Here is our graphic:

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It is a fun group to be in, and lots of info gets shared there.  We are always welcoming new members!  Click here to join if you like.

Well, if facebook or other online groups didn't give me the answer, then I sought out a consultant or another person who had a lot of experience in the area of our concern.


Here is my story of one of our biggest parenting issues at our house.

My little one was showing signs of sensory processing disorder when she was about 1.  I had friends who were pediatric OT's with special expertise, so I contacted them right away.  They gave me lots of helpful tips for helping my kiddo.  It was a godsend. ( If this is relates to you, feel free to check out my special needs homeschooling board.)

I have been there, I have freaked out myself more than a time or two, or maybe lots more, lol and I enjoy connecting with other families.  It is my joy.  If you have a question or just want to bounce an idea of two off of a veteran homeschooler, feel free to send a message to me via BJ's Homeschool.   And messaging is free.

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I am not some intimidating "expert" who knows everything.  I don't!  Who does!  I am just a homeschooling mama who has been there, having homeschooled my kiddo since she was a little one.  Over the years, I have learned a lot about homeschooling all ages.

My kiddo is in college now and very independent, so I have time to connect and love doing that.  I strive to be a supportive helpful voice to moms who have hit with an issue and just want to discuss it with a supportive person.

Another important thing that we did, to support ourselves when we were stuck, was to go out on a short country drive, a mini-nature drive, even in rainy weather.  Being out in nature, along a country road, always helped to fill us up again.

Here are a few pictures from one of those trips with my daughter....

...and sometimes the answer was in my heart, all along.

What do you do when you are stuck?  What things would you add to this list?   Did you know that I blog to connect with other families?  It is my JOY.  I love reading your comments!

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her 20 year old college student whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote a new e-book for College Bound teens.  She offers free homeschool help and messages at BJ's Consulting.

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