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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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
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