For most of us, the day-to-day homeschooling routine revolves around mom. It is mom who plans the courses, sets up the schedules, chooses the materials, tutors the children, addresses character issues, and manages the home. It is also mom who carries the burden of the perceived success or failure of the homeschool!
Keeping dad involved comes with many advantages.
- Dad can set the broad course and keep to it. This helps mom look beyond the day-to-day ups and downs.
- Dad can set the limits on spending and keep them. This helps mom refrain from impulsive curriculum purchasing and encourages her to first try other alternatives when solving an issue.
- Dad can be a sounding board. It is easy to run to the message boards and post a “which one is better”-type question. You’ll receive lots of responses…based on what worked for someone else’s children. But dad knows YOUR children! Take advantage of his insight.
- Dad can contribute his personal area of expertise. Take advantage of this! In some families, dad is the math tutor, the science lab instructor and runs shop. Work together to find areas for which dad can assume responsibility.
- Dad can provide accountability. Each child can provide dad with a narration of something studied, a synopsis of his day, an area of improvement or an area that requires some work. Dad’s encouragement can go a long way in boosting a child’s confidence.
- Dad can plan the really neat projects! Have dad pull the children alongside to work with him on something he enjoys or has always wanted to do. The children will benefit from his enthusiasm and time; and will walk away with wonderful memories.
This article from Tamara Eaton on The Homeschooling Father’s Role will motivate you to keep dad involved.
Homeschooling at its best is a lifestyle that involves the WHOLE family. If you feel your homeschool needs more “teamwork”, prayerfully discuss problem areas and trust God to provide wisdom! We believe that God has given Christian husbands and wives to each other to function as a team, in parenting and homeschooling– in mutual respect and honor, totally sold out and committed to the Lord, each contributing special gifts and wisdom and thereby working efficiently and effectively to further not only His will in their homeschooling, but their whole lives, and in the kingdom of God!