A lot of parents suffer from something called “empty nest syndrome.” Their children have grown up and moved out, gone on to colleges or simply out in the world doing their own thing. Left behind are the parents who have spent their time nurturing, raising and forming well-adjusted, intelligent adults who can handle whatever life throws at them. When you are homeschooling your kids, the idea that they will go out into the world one day can feel pretty terrifying. After all, you’ve just spent eighteen years teaching, molding, and creating adults who are happy and secure in who they are. The problem is that it’s not always easy to know who you are when you’ve spent time getting your kids through school at home. You’ve spent every single day creating educational opportunities, answering questions about space, the sun, the grass, and the human body. You’ve even made a classroom in the garage with everything that you’d need for the curriculum you made for your kids. But what’s next? What do you DO when homeschooling comes to an end?
Many homeschooling parents, Mom’s especially, will have been out of the job market for a really long time while their children were learning and growing. There’s also the fact that most homeschooling parents are going to be on the more mature side, and while employers can’t discriminate when it comes to age, it does still happen. No homeschooling parent knows how far they will end up going in education. Some aim for elementary education but not high school, and yet end up graduating their kids from high school! As a homeschool Mom with her own goals and aspirations, there’s every chance that you already have in mind what you’d like from your future. The best thing that you can do is be as proactive as possible when it comes to post-graduation, and we’ve got some suggestions for you!
Write A Resume
Get onto LinkedIn and get yourself out there. You were a homeschooling Mom, but that’s not all you were. You can use this moment to review the skills that you gained while you were busy teaching your children to be functional humans with their high school diplomas. What responsibilities did you have while you were teaching? What did you learn, and what have you achieved? The determination and grit it takes to be a homeschooling mom impresses every employer – don’t doubt that!
Go Back To School
Your kids have graduated and either moved onto college themselves, or they’ve headed out into the world to work. What about you? What do you want from your future? Nothing is stopping you checking out what the University of Southern California has to offer, is there? When your children let go of your hands, you get them back. Strengthen the skills that you had and chase the extra learning that you have wondered about for years! You don’t have to go back to college full time if you don’t want to. But finding somewhere you can retrain and learn those (or new) skills again.
Find A New Career
There are plenty of ways that you can exercise that new freedom of yours, and a part of it can be working from home and freelancing. If you have a skill that you’ve been working on while you’ve been teaching your kids, perhaps it’s time to market yourself and start your own business. After all, you’ve spent so long encouraging your own children to push themselves and be the best that they can be – it’s your turn now. You can go back to the bottom and start again in a company, or you can choose to go forward and be the best in what you know how to do, starting your own business and beating the local competition. Either way, finding a new career could be for you!
You’ve spent a long time raising children, and now you have a ton of free time back. This means you can travel, craft, just BE. It’s your time to do what you want, and you don’t have to go back to work (unless you need to). There is a whole world out there just ready to be discovered. Why not take some time to explore it before you make any permanent decisions? Life is back in your hands, and it’s time to live it as much as you can.