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    @MandiB what city are you in? I just joined a (seemingly) secular group in SE Michigan that does a lot of outings together. I can give you the Meetup Link if you are interested.

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    Hi! I'm having the same problem. I started homeschooling my 7th grader this year. She has severe anxiety that she couldn't function in a school environment anymore. I had hoped to be able to find a homeschool group so she could go on field trips, have other kids to talk to, etc. There is one homeschool in this whole area and they are christian based. I asked on Facebook if anyone knew of other groups and was told to try applying to the group anyway. So I did. As soon as they found out we're Pagan we were literally blocked from the Facebook group page.

    Sadly this is a very small conservative and very christian town, and we're basically in the middle of nowhere. It would be over an hour away to join another group. I've tried to keep her seeing the friends from school but they've been pulling away since they don't see her everyday. It's very frustrating.

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    This is a really good point! I think I somesometimes generalize secular and non-secular and think that every secular homeschooler is just like us and we would get along great on all points, and that non-secular homeschoolers are super conservative and we would just clash on everything. It’s easy to forget that it’s so much broader/complex than that. Thanks for reminding me!

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    Yes.

    The big, active, homeschooling group here is NOT secular. There was a secular group I was a FB group member of, but it isn't very active. I've been thinking about creating my own group. We have children in our neighborhood, but neighbors keep to themselves. :-/

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    I can relate to so many of the previous posts. While I know trying to only hang with/find other secular homeschoolers isn't always realistic, it can be extremely frustrating to attempt to socialize with religious ones. We've tried that in the past and its never worked. They instantly expected us to begin attending their church. Like, that's never going to happen in this lifetime. lol ( I did want to add that they knew we were secular homeschoolers, but yet, they still could not stop themselves from trying to convert us.)
    Anymore, we do look around for anyone (not just homeschoolers) that B. might have something in common with, but it's slim pickens here in this area. Homeschooling is looked upon as a cop out; kids here are suppose to just deal with the bullying that goes on. So we've never encountered any ps kids who wanted to hang with the homeschoolers yet. One public school mom I spoke to, who stated she didn't want her daughters attending this district, said her husband felt the bullying would toughen them up.
    Anyway, it's nice to know we're not the only ones.
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    Usually nature centers, drama centers, or art museums are great places to look—preferably ones that teach to the public in general, but offer homeschool classes. They are affordable, and you'll run into a lot of eclectic artsy/science-minded people that way (and such people are much more likely to be secular—or at least really cool Christians).

    We also find doing activities that interest us (usually afterschool activities—especially ones involving the arts or self-competing sports) is a great way to find other secular families. You may not explicitly run into homeschoolers, but that needn't be the only trait to necessary to make a good friendship with another family. We have really good like-minded friends who's kids are in public and private.

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