This is my guest post for the SEA Homeschoolers newsletter.
While some people flock to conferences and conventions, others wonder if they are really worth the time and expense. As homeschoolers sometimes it seems like we’re barely staying ahead of the game, and trying to fit in one more thing can feel impossible. Here’s why making the effort to go to at least one homeschool conference a year is really worth your time.
Meeting awesome people
First and foremost, conferences are about people. They’re organized by people, attended by people, and have workshops led by people. When you attend a conference you get to surround yourself with those people, learn from them, and make friends with them.
It’s not just about meeting new people, though. It’s also about renewing friendships with people you may not have seen in a while, and even meeting online friends in person. Having a social support network is very important, especially for homeschoolers, and connecting in person is a great way to keep that network strong.
Finding your tribe
It’s a lot easier when bucking a trend to have the support of like-minded people, and secular homeschoolers are bucking all the trends. We are definitely in the minority when it comes to how we educate our kids. A conference filled with lots of others like us can give us the confidence to keep going when we are otherwise surrounded by nay-sayers.
To read more, check it out at the SEA site!