Back when I began homeschooling, I didn't have facebook (it wasn't even out yet, maybe?). And I'm glad. You see, it was just me, my daughter and this God sized calling He had placed on my heart. I wasn't influenced by what others were doing- Lord knows, I hardly knew anyone else who was doing it! I didn't have expectations that I put on myself. I only anticipated what God had in store for us. I went to Him on my knees asking for help. I wasn't trying to live up to what others were doing- just what God had called me to do.
It concerns me to think about what it would have been like had I had facebook, Pinterest, etc. as a new homeschooling mom. I mean, don't get me wrong...it can be a blessing to have so much information. Yet, I don't know that I would have grown to know my family's needs as well. We needed to struggle through certain things, We needed to get to know each other and our new way of life that year. We needed to connect face to face. We needed to know nothing except God called us to this journey, and we were on it. Figuring it out together, with Him as our guide.
Back when I was a scared new mama, I didn't need to hear everyone's voices...just His.
So whether you are a new homeschool mama or a veteran, remember homeschooling is between you and your family and God. Not what everyone else is doing. Take time to get to know them, and forget what everyone else is doing. Just be with your family. In the Word. Living real life. Together.
Take the information that is helpful and encouraging, but use it wisely. Use it as it was intended to be. Don't let it take over. God is the One with the answers to our questions. Go to Him first.
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