Archive for the ‘single parenting’ Category

Posted on April 9th, 2013, by Mary Jo

Join me for Mommy Jammies Night, hosted by Felice Gerwitz of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo. I’ll be talking about single-parent homeschooling and giving a free e-book to everyone who attends.

It starts at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Tues., April 9. You can listen live here:

We’ll also have a Twitter party at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, with fabulous prizes! Find out all the details here:

Being a single parent is hard enough, but homeschooling as a single parent seems like an overwhelming challenge. However, the growing number of single-parent homeschoolers testifies that it can be done. I’ll share my story of God’s faithfulness and offer hope, encouragement, and practical tips for single parents who want to homeschool, as well as suggestions for how others in the church, community, or family can help.

See you there!

Posted on May 16th, 2012, by Mary Jo

Here’s some encouragement for single homeschooling moms from Lizzie at A Dusty Frame.

What do YOU do to avoid burnout?

Posted on January 8th, 2012, by Mary Jo

Check out Holly Nelson’s excellent article on the “triple threat” of homeschooling special needs children as a single parent.

Holly’s counsel is helpful even if your situation doesn’t include all 3 aspects she mentions. I especially like her advice to lean on God, not compare yourself with others, establish a support network, and take care of yourself.

Posted on July 12th, 2011, by Mary Jo

July is the enrollment period to apply for assistance from the Children of Single Parents Fund at HSLDA.

This fund was established in 2005 through the gift of a concerned father who wanted to minister to single parents who were committed to the Lord, to their children, and to homeschooling.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Allow others to be blessed by blessing you!

Posted on March 21st, 2011, by Mary Jo

The Widows Fund helps with curriculum costs and emergency needs. Deadline for spring enrollment is May 1.

The Children of Single Parents Fund assists children of single parents who, through no fault of their own, experience financial hardship during their homeschooling years. The next general enrollment period is July 2011.

The Members Helping Members Fund provides full and partial scholarships for HSLDA membership.

The Special Needs Children’s Fund enables financially struggling homeschooling families to provide a quality education for their children with special learning needs.

If you need assistance, I encourage you to apply. Don’t hesitate to ask for the help you need!

Posted on March 17th, 2011, by Mary Jo

Kevin Swanson of Generations with Vision recently interviewed me about single parent homeschooling for his radio program. You can listen to the interview here:

The first segment of the interview is Kevin talking about homeschooling in general, then I join him after the break.

Feel free to spread the word to your single-parent homeschooler friends!

Posted on March 14th, 2011, by Mary Jo

HSLDA’s Court Report (Jan./Feb. 2011) has a long, excellent cover story about single-parent homeschooling.

I knew that there were a lot of us, but I had no idea there were 20,000 homeschooling single parents!

Read the article here.

And a warm welcome to new readers who found this blog through the resource box in the story!

Mary Jo

Posted on March 8th, 2011, by Mary Jo

Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, recently interviewed me for her excellent blog post about single-parent homeschooling.

It includes a useful list of resources for single parents. Check it out!

Posted on August 15th, 2010, by Mary Jo

HSLDA’s scholarship fund for memberships:

The Home School Foundation’s Children of Single Parents Fund:

The Home School Foundation’s Widows Fund:

“Finding Normal Again” by Vicki Bentley

Solo Homeschooling Parents forum

Facebook group: Homeschooling and Single – for Moms

Special Needs Homeschooling (not just for single parents)

How Do You Do It All?
This is the home study course I created in response to so many people asking me how to balance family life and home business. It is not only for single parents, but about half of the students in the original live course were single moms, and they found it quite helpful.

Posted on June 3rd, 2010, by Mary Jo

I’ll be teaching a 90-minute webinar on single-parent homeschooling for HSLDA on June 8.

Here’s the description:

Are you a single parent determined to homeschool your children? Or are you looking for ways to encourage and help your homeschooling single-parent friend?

While homeschooling as a single parent can seem like an overwhelming challenge, the growing number of single parents who are homeschooling testifies that it can be done. But how? And how can we help?

Join single homeschooling mom, author, editor, and speaker Mary Jo Tate to find the answers as she shares her story of God’s faithfulness and offers hope, encouragement, and practical tips for single parents who want to homeschool, as well as suggestions for how others in the church, community, or family can help them.

You can register here:

I’m excited that HSLDA is paying increasing attention to single-parent homeschoolers.  I plan to offer lots of encouragement as well as practical strategies.

Please spread the word! I’d estimate that at least 75% of what I share will also apply to single parents who are not homeschooling and homeschoolers who are not single.

Hope you can join us!


Mary Jo