Thank you today for my guest poster, Susan, who has lived in the trenches as a homeschooling mom and is now approaching the end of the journey. She offered to guest post today on how to minister to others, especially other homeschoolers, in this new season of life.
Like many women my age, I am toward the end of my homeschooling career. My youngest child will be a senior this year, and, while I am looking forward to grandchildren, there are not any on the horizon at the moment.
So now is a wonderful time for me to live out the Golden Rule, and do for others what I would have had others do for me when my children were younger. I would like to offer the following encouragements for other women my age on how we might best live out this in-between time of our lives.
- Offer yourself as a “substitute” teacher to other, younger moms in your church. Visit the home once or twice at a mutually arranged time to observe how things are done so that you can carry on what the mom would want you to do.
- Offer to teach a group class on a subject you’re an expert at. This can be anything from Chemistry to Crocheting, Grammar to Gardening.
- Offer a once a week or month date night for the moms and dads. Even better, organize a group event at your church once a month where the children can play together under the supervision of older parents and/or singles.
- If there is a special chore around the house that you enjoy, offer to come by once a week and do it for a family in your church.
- Host a luncheon or brunch to allow homeschooling moms to fellowship with each other. Hire a couple of teen girls you trust to watch the kids in another room so everyone can relax.
- When you’re having a potluck at church, call a mom that you know has her hands full and offer to bring an extra-large dish on her behalf. After all, its really no more difficult to make a huge casserole than a small one.
- If your church has a nursery, encourage other women with empty nest to keep the nursery so that the young moms can have a break.
- If your church doesn't have a nursery, or if you know a family that likes to have their children in the service with them, offer to have one of the little guys sit with you from time to time.
Susan Mathis, thecouponcupboard.com, is a survivor of 15+ years homeschooling, and is now enjoying transitioning in to her new role as “older woman.”