Homeschooling neurodivergent kiddos is a journey full of ups and downs that’s totally its own adventure. As parents, we can sometimes feel a bit out of place when our little ones don’t quite fit into the usual school mold or hit those typical milestones. But hey, it’s important to remember that we’re the absolute best parents and teachers to guide our kids through this unique ride!
Embrace the Uniqueness
Homeschooling neurodivergent children means recognizing that they’re wonderfully different from the crowd. They don’t follow the same old rules and expectations, and that’s totally fine! As parents, we should not only accept but celebrate those quirks and understand that there are other families out there going through similar stuff. The first step in finding your homeschooling tribe is all about embracing that individuality, both in yourself and in your kids.
Find Some Back-Up
We get it; homeschooling neurodivergent children can be a handful sometimes and can make you feel like you’re on a wild rollercoaster. But guess what? You’re not alone in this adventure. There are loads of homeschooling events, online communities, and support groups where parents just like us come together to share stories, ask for advice, and lend a helping hand. Acknowledging that you might need a bit of backup is the first step to discovering your own special tribe.
Get Creative in Your Search
Finding the perfect in-person support group that fits your family can be a bit tricky, but it’s not impossible! Try out different co-op programs, or maybe start your own, to find a group that clicks with your family’s vibe. Just keep in mind that it might take a bit of trial and error to uncover the perfect match. Your people are out there; it just takes a bit of effort to track them down.
Quality Over Quantity
As homeschooling parents, it’s important to be choosy about who you let into your circle. If you ever feel like you’re in a group where you need to pretend more than be yourself, it’s time to reevaluate. It is super important to stand confidently in who you are and model that for your kiddos. It’s all about surrounding yourself with people who love you and your kiddos for exactly who you are.
Build Relationships That Give Back
Finding your tribe isn’t just about finding people who get you; it’s about forming mutually beneficial relationships. It’s important to connect with folks who share your values and quirks, whether they’re homeschooling families or not. These connections can go beyond the homeschooling world and include extended family, neighbors, or groups that share common interests. Investing in these relationships can be a massive support system for your homeschooling journey.
In the world of homeschooling neurodivergent kids, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. But one thing’s for sure: finding your tribe can make this journey a whole lot smoother and more enjoyable. So, remember, you’re not alone. Seek out support, be intentional about the company you keep, and build meaningful connections with your tribe. By doing so, you’ll create a robust support network that lifts both you and your neurodivergent children on your learning adventure.
Raising Lifelong Learners Episode #219 — Finding Your Community with a Neurodivergent Family
In today’s episode, we explore the importance of finding our tribe and support system when homeschooling neurodivergent children.
When our kids don’t fit into the traditional milestones or follow the same path as their peers, it’s natural to doubt ourselves and feel isolated. In our journey as parents of neurodivergent kiddos, whether they are gifted, twice-exceptional, or face various neuroatypical challenges, it can be overwhelming to find the resources and support that align with our reality, outside of conventional parenting books.
In this episode, Colleen reminds you that you are the best parent and teacher for your child. Your love, guidance, and unique understanding of their needs set you apart.
Remember, there are others out there going through similar experiences, seeking connections and understanding just like you. Finding them may require a bit of creativity, but once you do, it’s crucial to embrace those who appreciate and accept your family for who you are. Whether it’s extended family, neighbors, or like-minded individuals, these connections can provide the support system you need.
Join us as we discuss the importance of surrounding yourself with people who bring joy and meaning to your life, as we share personal stories and practical advice for finding your tribe. Because when it comes to raising lifelong learners, the right support system can make all the difference.
Links and Resources from Today’s Show
- SPONSOR| CTC Math
- SPONSOR| Reading Eggs
- Raising Lifelong Learners Membership Community – The Learners Lab
- Raising Lifelong Learners Facebook Group
- Masterclass| If He’s Really So Smart… Why Gifted Kids Struggle and What to Do About It
- Raising Resilient Sons by Colleen Kessler, M.Ed.
- Find a Place of Belonging for Your Neurodiverse Kids
- Why Join a Gifted Parent Group?
- Why Community Is So Important For Gifted And Twice Exceptional Kids
- The Anxiety Toolkit
- Nurturing Authenticity | Supporting Neurodivergent Children in Discovering Their True Selves
- The Social Emotional Needs Of Gifted And Neurodiverse Children
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