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Homeschool families tend to be DIYers. We take on the incredible responsibility of educating our families, often on one income. There is even a growing segment of homeschoolers who home church! It might be said the entire DIY movement started with education and homeschooling back in the early 1980s. We didn’t know anything back then of a homeschool tribe. 

So, what’s a tribe anyway?

According to the Internet, a tribe is “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.” 

Homeschool Tribe Community

The homeschool tribe community consists mainly of families. Many of our families don’t look that different from the world’s family units. We have many of the same problems. The difference for most homeschooling families within the community is that we have a common recognized leader- Jesus. 

He is our religious, social, and even economic tie. He creates our shared culture. 

Homeschool Tribe Culture

The homeschool tribe culture itself is unique. It’s different than the world’s culture because it rests on a person and not a time, place, or bloodline. While we see God’s Principle of Individuality within the culture, there is a tie that binds.

Finding Your Homeschool Tribe

With all of this in common, you’d think it would be easy to find a homeschool BFF. But, that’s not always the case. With all of the DIYing we do, we can become so independent we neglect our need for our tribe. 

Our tribe can often be found within our church family. What a blessing that is!

If your church isn’t supportive of homeschooling, you may find yourself on the outside looking in. And that’s a lonely place to be. What’s a homeschool parent to do when they feel that isolation and loneliness set in? Try these five tips:

Five Tips for Identifying Your Homeschool People 

To know who you need in your tribe, you have to know a few things. Things like, what you offer as a friend, what you want in a friendship, and what your friendship boundaries are. Try these tips to help you in your search. 

  1. Know what’s important. Do you need a supportive group? A fun group? A serious theological group? 
  2. Identify your boundaries. Are you the come-over anytime kind of mom? Do you put limits on your children’s electronics and TV exposure? Do you prioritize a specific time of the day for your family only?
  3. Respect others’ personalities. God has given each of us a unique personality. We are one body, with many parts. Learn to honor your role and the part of others
  4. Get your fundamental geography right. Do you want in-person support and friendship? Is an online setting okay? What about live interactive opportunities online? Maybe a combination?
  5. Give and receive grace. Okay, this is an important one– there are no perfect people, so there are no perfect homeschool Tribes. Love your people as they are, where they are, and when they need it. And learn to accept that for yourself. Grace is key.

Embracing the Homeschool Tribe

Having a homeschool tribe can provide you with many things; support, accountability, spontaneity, friendship for your kids, and a respite from the demands of homeschooling and caring for your family.

If you’ve been a DIYer for any time, it might take you some time to learn to embrace the benefits. Don’t be afraid to try. 

Need more help finding your tribe? 

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Join Lisa Nehring at the Teach Them Diligently Health and Wellness Summit for her workshop: Finding Your Tribe with Lisa Nehring. 

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