We all need friends, supporters, cheerleaders, and words of wisdom from others who are parenting and educating. It is hard work to parent well; especially alone.
There are online forums, lists, and communities where you can ask questions and find answers from real parents. These forums could be a lifeline to struggling parents who think they are alone with their teaching and parenting style. If you have a child with a learning disorder, there are online communities for you also. No matter what your situation, there is likely an online community waiting for you to join.
These lists are by no means exhaustive, but can serve as a starting point to dive in to an online community. If you have suggestions, please add to the comments below.
These forums tend to be very active and full of informative information on how to begin and sustain a homeschooling lifestyle for your family.
- The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home: 1,400 active members and 48,000 total members.
- Pinterest can be a good way to find others and good resources. See these boards for examples: Interesting homeschool resources, FREE curriculum, Homeschool Awesomeness (You must have a Pinterest account to view)
- Homeschool.com Multiple topics regarding teaching your children at home.
- Homeschool World- Visit the forum here.
This list is a mix of websites and communities that cover a wide range of parenting topics.
- Diaper Swapers- Not just diapering, but also covers parenting and education topics.
- Mothering- Lots of information on topics such as birthing, breastfeeding, fertility, parenting. It also has a large education section and an “Ask the Experts” arena.
- Heroic Fatherhood Development- Dads who want to learn more about fatherhood in order to help their children achieve long term success.
- Noah’s Dad- For parent’s with children who have Down Syndrome. Be sure to check out the New Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome.
No matter where you live or what your parenting and education goals are, you can find an online community that will support you. Some of these online friends will undertand and identify with you more than neighbors and family might. A common goal is unifying.
What online forums or virtual communities are you a “citizen” of?