What Retired Homeschool Moms Tell Me.
What Retired Homeschool Moms Tell Me
I’ve been talking to some retired homeschool moms lately. Those of us who are *Omega Moms* (who have graduated our youngest)- we are in a unique life transition.
We’ve dedicated our lives to raise and educate our kids. Homeschooling has been as much OUR identity as our kids’ identity.
Then the youngest graduates, goes off to college or into a career. Where are we now?
- Some of us are already working moms, so we tweak and adapt our career.
- Some of us are launching back into the workforce, reconstructing a resume after years of full-time motherhood.
- Some of us will stay at home, helping the grandkids and working more in ministry.
What are some observations retired homeschool moms are making?
- Our adult kids are defining themselves, governing themselves- even if we might run their lives differently than they are. Good thing we can stand out of the way and simply pray.
- Our adult kids need to feel loved no matter what they do- but not rescued if they goof.
- Our adult kids don’t need to live up to our expectations.
- Our adult kids will never outgrow needing our availability or listening ear- but only on their terms, when they want it.
- It may be moving-on time. Co-ops, umbrella schools, homeschool organizations may, just like our adult children, need to stretch their wings- independent of us.
- Even if it is NOT moving-on time, it is DIFFERENT time. We become more like Titus 2 women in the Bible- the mentors for the next generation. Again, on their terms.
- We want to be involved with something meaningful.
- We want to have fun with our families when they can be around (and enjoy not needing to figure out how to log it in their portfolios).
- In fact, it is VERY strange not logging hours or keeping papers for homeschool portfolios.
- We don’t have to prove anything to anyone. YES!
- We often want a mentor or another voice in our lives to help navigate this life transition. That’s what a life transition coach does: Acts as a guide through the adventure to the new things God is doing.
- That’s also what a career coach does: Acts as a guide in many practical ways to help retired homeschool moms find meaningful employment.
When you’re ready to explore the next part of life’s journey contact me in the meantime, download these great resources to get you started:
A Trail Guide to Career Exploration for Adults
A Trail Guide to Personal Mission Statement Writing
Talk to you retired homeschool moms soon!
Laurie Napolin says
Good article Vicki. I could have used some of the info a few years ago. Really that long?
Vicki Tillman says
I know right? Laurie, the time has sure sped fast for us Omega Moms 🙂