This week the 4 Moms are discussing husbands and homeschooling. Be sure to see what the other moms are saying about their husbands this week!
As for our homeschool, my husband is more or less the principal, the motivational coach, and the chief financial officer.
He does not happen to need to be intricately involved in the day to day lesson plans or the execution of the lessons for our homeschool.
He does like to hear about the subjects we are studying and definitely has opinions and input on the curriculum and goals we hope to accomplish each year.
Whenever I am stumped as to how to proceed with a certain child who may be having difficulty mastering a concept, he is my “go to man”, and he usually comes up with a solution I hadn’t thought of, or reteaches the concept himself.
If there are times (and there have been) when I need him to act as “principal” in a disciplinary capacity, he is only a phone call away and will come home in a jiffy to straighten the matter out in a hurry.
I often call upon him to give me (and/or the kids) a pep talk to remind us why in the world we are doing this.
Do you ever walk into a room and forget what you went in there for? Occasionally, in the midst of the madness, I feel like that, like I can’t for the life of me remember why I am knocking myself out day after day to do what is mostly considered unusual.
That’s when my husband reminds me of why we started this homeschooling journey in the first place, and he encourages me to keep pressing on toward the goal of raising our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
He is also the number one financial contributor to this little operation. He drives off to work every day so that I can stay at home to teach our children. If it weren’t for his dedication to keeping us out of debt and his constant attention to our needs, we wouldn’t be able to homeschool.
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Now, that I have told you how my husband is involved in our homeschool, I would like to issue an exhortation to NOT compare your husband to that or any other description of a husband, for that matter.
If your husband likes to grade spelling tests, or order curriculum, or teach history, then I say that is the perfect position for him in your family.
If he trusts you so much that he does not need to know what curriculum you order each year, then that is the best way for him to function in your homeschool.
After 25+ years of marriage, I have learned that wishing my husband would behave like So and So’s husband is the quickest way to destroy contentment and invite turmoil into our family.
Honor the husband you have for the ways he contributes to your family. Don’t get tangled up in what any other husband is doing in his own family.
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