5 Things Dad Should Do For His Homeschooled Children

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Homeschooling is hard work! And as mamas, the bulk of it is often placed on our shoulders. I’m writing this post today to encourage fathers of homeschooled children to help carry the load!

Wanna know how you can help? Read my tips below!

  1. Be supportive of your wife. Sometimes this means just listening. As moms who choose to spend all day with our children, rather than send them off to school, I think people often forget that we need some ‘talk time’, too. Ask your wife how her day was, and let her ‘vent’ if necessary. Be available to help take care of any problems that may be occurring in the homeschool.
  2. Spend time talking with your children about their day. Most children, if not all, love to spend time with Daddy. This is a great thing! Use this desire to your advantage to find out what they are studying, how they are treating one another, and what kinds of things they enjoy. Be sure you are also talking with them about your work. Children love to know what Daddy did all day!
  3. Help your wife plan time to get away. Whether to enjoy an art class, have dinner with friends, or attend a Bloggers’ conference as I did recently, time for ourselves is important. It does not have to be a big ‘to do’. Simply giving me time to enter my room, shut the door, and write for 2 hours is an amazing gift! What kind of time does your wife need? Help her to find it and she will be rejuvenated for those long days of teaching and childrearing!
  4. Offer to teach a subject or two. Most of us have not acquired enough knowledge about every subject to be able to teach every subject. We each have strengths and weaknesses. Talk with your wife about the possibilities. Even if she says she doesn’t need you to supply that need, at the very least you have offered your help, a priceless expression of love to a homeschooling mom. Trust me!
  5. Attend a homeschool convention with your wife. You can even take the children! Many conventions offer programs for the kids to enjoy while parents attend speaker sessions or peruse curriculum in the vendor hall. You will learn more than you might have imagined about homeschooling, and you may just gain a new perspective on what it means to be a homeschooler. We are a special community of folks, after all! And even more importantly, this is a fantastic way to support your wife as she makes decisions about how and with which resources to homeschool your children.

Are you still wondering how this is doing anything for your children?

Look at your wife. Is she smiling more? Observe how she interacts with you and the family after you’ve done any one of these 5 things. Is something different?

If so, you can bet it is because she felt the support of her children’s father. And supporting her goes a very long way toward creating a thriving, happy household in which to raise your children.

Would you like more tips for helping your homeschooling wife? Todd Wilson offers a great book, Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom: Showing Dads How to Meet the Needs of Their Homeschooling Wives, written just for you!

This week I’ve linked up with:

Mom Tested Family Approved Ultimate Homeschool Blog Hop #1
Life In Bloom

Hearts for Home Blog Hop

and

The Homeschool Village
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About Wendy Woerner

wife, mama to five, blogger, foodie, works in social media and marketing, loves Jesus
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4 Responses to 5 Things Dad Should Do For His Homeschooled Children

  1. Momma Jo says:

    This is a great list, thanks. I’ve forgotten that I’m not in this alone and that I need to get my hubby more involved. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • inhistiming says:

      So glad you found it helpful! You’re not alone, and your husband can offer terrific support. And if he doesn’t want to or can’t, you can still find ways to do some of these things listed with the support of other family members or friends!

  2. This is a wonderful list of ways that our husbands can help support us in our day to day commitment in homeschooling our children. My husband is my lifesaver when it comes to a weekly science class that he teaches for our children as well as any children in our homeschool co-op that want to attend. I see so many spouses that want to get involved but just do not know where to start. Thank you for sharing this post on our Hearts for Home Blog Hop Wendy!

    • inhistiming says:

      I’m so glad you think it’s helpful! I am fortunate that my husband supports me in most of these ways, but I know there are others whose husbands may just need ideas. Thanks for popping in to comment!

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