Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a homeschooling mom. And, chances are, if you are a homeschooling mom, you know other homeschooling moms. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to get out of my own little bubble of self-centeredness. I loved the post about inexpensive ways to bless others at Homegrown Mom recently. I got to thinking about ways to bless another homeschooling mom. The following would be the top ten for me, so I’m guessing that another homeschool mom would be blessed by them as well. What would you add to the list?
1. Give her an Amazon gift card. Seriously, what homeschool mom wouldn’t enjoy an Amazon gift card? Whether she used it to off-set the cost of her family’s curriculum or to purchase something for herself, she’d be sure to enjoy free shopping at Amazon.
2. Offer to keep the kids for a day. Yes, we love our kids and enjoy spending time with them, but a day to ourselves can be heavenly, whether it’s used to catch up on school planning or housework or just as some time to ourselves to read or blog or spend some quiet time with God. Housework, you ask? Yeah, that’s not my number one way to spend some free time, either, but, you’ve got to admit, it’s almost relaxing and definitely rewarding to clean house without somebody (or some bodies) messing it up again as quick as you can clean.
And, hey, if you don’t want to be totally altruistic about it, offer to trade off kids for the day — you take your friend’s kids for the morning and she takes yours for the afternoon or you take hers for today, she takes yours tomorrow or one day next week. That’s a blessing for both of you, even on the days when you have extra kids because you know they usually entertain each other.
3. Send her a goody pack in the mail. Most homeschool moms I’ve met have strange little love affairs with simple little things, such as pencils, dry erase markers, pens, Sharpies, Post-It notes, notebooks, etc. Most of those are inexpensive to purchase and to mail. Who doesn’t love to get an unexpected package in the mail?
4. Give her some chocolate. Enough said.
5. Send her an encouraging note, preferably via snail mail. Yes, an encouraging note sent via email or Facebook message is nice, too, but it can be so exciting to get something in the mail besides bills in the mail. It means that someone thought about you long enough to hand-write a personal note, perhaps even shop for a card in which to write it, address it, put a stamp on it, and put it in the mail to you. That just makes a mom feel good.
6. Compliment her children. This one is free, easy, and totally makes a homeschool mom’s — or any mom, really — day.
7. Give her a gift certificate to a grown-up fast food place — with Wi-Fi. I love having a gift certificate to Panera Bread or Jason’s Deli because my kids don’t like to eat at either place, which tends to ensure that I’m going to work out a little time alone at some point in the future, either while waiting for the kids to finish up an outside class or while my husband spends some time with the kids. And, if the place has Wi-Fi, all the better — a little alone time and some peace and quiet to read my favorite blogs.
8. Give her credit for the used book store. We have an awesome used book store in our area that gives trade-in credit when you bring in your used books. You can purchase gift certificates, too. Homeschool mom heaven. This would be a low-cost option for blessing another homeschool mom if you had some things to trade in and wanted to pass along the credit to her.
9. Take her a casserole. Make extra for dinner one night or just plan on putting together a casserole for a friend. Can you just imagine the blessing of an unexpected night off from cooking?
10. Invite her out to lunch. Do you have kids close in age? Why not let them enjoy a play date while the moms enjoy some adult conversation? Visit a restaurant with a play area for kids. Even chuck E. Cheese is relatively peaceful during school hours on a weekday.
What ways to bless a homeschool mom could you add to the list?