One of the first homeschoolers I ever met was a woman homeschooling her daughter in the city. At that time, I was newly married and she was a single mom dating one of our juggling friends, Billy. This was one of many encounters I would have over the years with a unique member of the homeschooling population, the single parent.
I admit, I've lived a charmed existence. I am grateful to have found a wonderful husband who is so in sync with me and who is the person I consider my best friend. He supports and trusts my decisions regarding our children's education. I know that is a blessing. In fact, of all the excuses I've heard over the years, "My spouse/family doesn't support me" is the only excuse I consider valid after someone tells me "I could never homeschool."
That is why I am in awe of those of you who try to make homeschooling work as a single parent, those who continue homeschooling after the loss of a spouse, and those who homeschool in spite of adversity from your exes. You are my heroes. You make this work. Whether because your children really want it or because you know it is the right thing to do for your children, you homeschool them. Some of you do this while holding down steady jobs or make ends meet with part-time work. I know I can't imagine the stress that comes with being a single mom. I don't know what it's like to struggle after the death of a loved one or to pick up the pieces after a divorce. And you're homeschooling? I think that is incredible. Be proud of yourselves. Educational freedom is a difficult choice in the best of circumstances, and I think you deserve all the props of the homeschooling community for making this decision.
Dear readers, if you know a single parent homeschooler, support them. Ask how you can help them. Whether you offer to take their kids for an activity or simply offer a shoulder for the parent to lean/cry on, let them know that you value their choice and are glad they chose homeschooling. I sure am.