Suddenly Single - Single Parent Homeschooling

Are you suddenly single?  Death, divorce, and even deployment can happen. Even to homeschool parents.  Suddenly, and unexpectedly.  So now what?
If you have been homeschooling, you can continue to homeschool your children.  If you are single, you can still homeschool your children.  Here are some websites that may help:

Start with this short article: Homeschooling as a Single Parent

Single Parent Homeschool:  A ministry equipping and encouraging single parents to homeschool

They have over 100 resources for Christian single moms here : http://singleparenthomeschool.christianhomeeducation.org/resources.html

Working and Single Parents on A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/working.htm

Janet's Country Home: Single Parent Homeschooling. She has more "I did that" encouragement

Barb Shelton has a section on her website for single parent homeschooling. http://www.homeschooloasis.com/art_single_mom_hs.htm. Here website contains first person stories from moms who survived.

Vegsource has a discussion board just for single parents that are homeschooling.  It could be a great anonymous source for support: http://www.vegsource.com/homeschool/singleparent/index.html

"What if Both Parents Work or I Am a Single Parent?  Can We Still Homeschool?" Good article that may help: http://www.homeschooldiner.com/basics/teaching/working_parents.html

I really love Spunky Homeschool, and she has some other resources listed here:  http://spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2006/06/single-parent-homeschooling.html

Single Parents At Home:  http://singleparentsathome.com/blog/2010/08/15/resources-for-working-at-home/

My article, "What IF?" about homeschooling through trauma. http://www.thehomescholar.com/what-if
-homeschool-high-school-without-fear.php

Aside from the homeschool issues, I can suggest one other thing.  Limit the amount of change as much as you can.  Something very dramatic has happened in your children's lives.  Try to prevent any other change from happening if you can.  Keep their school the same, their home the same, and their schedule the same, as much as possible.  Experts say that limiting the stresses you CAN control, at least for the first year, is very important. Obviously something will have to change, but if housing and child support are provided, then perhaps some of the other changes can wait.   Visit your  church (or a large church in your area) and ask to speak to the pastor for advice and resources.

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Comments 4

Guest - Columba Lisa Smith (website) on Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:07

Eleven years ago when my husband left, I could not imagine putting oldest child into Kindergarten. He and his siblings were already going through so much. I've homeschooled all three children the whole way through. No regrets! I'm very thankful that I've been able to do this. It would have been so much harder had my children been in a conventional school setting. My blog, written to encourage single moms, is a result of these years homeschooling alone.

Eleven years ago when my husband left, I could not imagine putting oldest child into Kindergarten. He and his siblings were already going through so much. I've homeschooled all three children the whole way through. No regrets! I'm very thankful that I've been able to do this. It would have been so much harder had my children been in a conventional school setting. My blog, written to encourage single moms, is a result of these years homeschooling alone.
Guest - Karen on Thursday, 06 January 2011 07:36
Guest - Mary Jo Tate (website) on Thursday, 06 January 2011 07:29

Sadly, many churches are clueless about helping single homeschooling parents. Some are even downright hostile. I'm amazed by some of the horror stories I've heard from single-mom friends.

I've been blessed with a wonderful church. You might want to share my article on how the church can help single parents. Many churches could do so much more to help.
http://singleparentsathome.com/blog/2009/06/09/looking-after-widows-and-orphans-how-you-can-help-single-parent-families/

Sadly, many churches are clueless about helping single homeschooling parents. Some are even downright hostile. I'm amazed by some of the horror stories I've heard from single-mom friends. I've been blessed with a wonderful church. You might want to share my article on how the church can help single parents. Many churches could do so much more to help. http://singleparentsathome.com/blog/2009/06/09/looking-after-widows-and-orphans-how-you-can-help-single-parent-families/
Guest - Mary Jo Tate (website) on Thursday, 06 January 2011 07:26

Thanks for addressing this challenge, Lee. I've been homeschooling as a single mom for nearly 10 years, and I've written about this topic here:
http://singleparentsathome.com/blog/2009/06/10/homeschooling-as-a-single-parent-how-you-can-make-it-work/

Thanks for addressing this challenge, Lee. I've been homeschooling as a single mom for nearly 10 years, and I've written about this topic here: http://singleparentsathome.com/blog/2009/06/10/homeschooling-as-a-single-parent-how-you-can-make-it-work/
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