The Homeschool Dad…..He wears many hats. He’s the principal, the cheerleader, and the CEO of our homeschools. I am very blessed to not only have a husband who supports my homeschooling endeavors, but it was even his idea, in the beginning. Now that we have been at this a while I have come to appreciate his steady support and encouragement on this journey. So here are some reasons that we love our homeschool dad. Some silly, some serious, but all true!
Reason #1 – He eats cereal for dinner.
You know the drill. The homeschool dad walks in from work, the house is a mess, and school still isn’t finished. You know the poor man has been at work all day and is most likely starving. Then he reaches for that box of off-brand Lucky Charms in the cabinet, and you fall in love with him all over again. He never says a word. In fact, he even offers to pour you a bowl. He’s also more than willing to swing by somewhere and grab dinner. You know for those days when you are out of cereal.
Reason #2 – He knows not to eat, touch, or move the science project.
I’ll be honest; this was a learning process at our house. My husband is a picker-upper by nature. This means that when he sees something amiss, he immediately wants to straighten it. At the beginning of our homeschool journey, this was an issue, and he may have thrown away a few science projects. Now he shakes his head when we have mold growing on the counter (intentionally) or seeds taped to the window. He knows what to touch and what to leave alone now.
Reason #3 – He’s smart enough NOT to ask what you did all day.
Yeah, you will NEVER hear those words come out of a smart homeschool dads mouth. In fact, he knows you’ve worked hard all day, and he’s proud of what you are doing. He WILL ask how school went and if everyone behaved that day.
Reason #4 – He does the science projects.
I can still vividly remember the year that a science project almost drove me off the deep end. Yes, our local co-op has a science fair, which the kids love, me not so much. I mean I know it’s a good learning experience and all of that jazz, but it feels like one more thing on an already busy schedule. That’s why I was beyond happy when my hubby so kindly asked to take it over. Truthfully he probably thought it was either take that off my plate or call the people with the straight jacket, but still, every little bit helps!
Reason #5 – He listens to curriculum ramblings.
So, I may be a smidge obsessed with curriculum. Okay, I’m actually over the top obsessed. My poor husband has probably sat through a convo on every curriculum out there, and that I can remember he’s never complained, not even once.
(Related Reading: Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum)
Reason #6 – He understands that vacations need to be educational.
I do have to say that I’m better than I used to be on this one. At least I’m not planning our WHOLE trip around educational stops anymore. “You’re such a good sport,” I whisper to him as we visit the fifth aquarium of the year. (No, it wasn’t really five, but it probably felt like it to him.)
Reason #7 – He knows when mommy needs a timeout.
Some days do NOT go as planned. Sometimes they go precisely the opposite. There are days that by 5 PM I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime in one day. This job is HARD work, and I’m thankful that he knows that. So at the end of HIS busy work day, he swaps me out for a bit. Sometimes it’s incredibly blissful to have a few minutes to yourself. Even if you just to hide in your room and play Candy Crush.
(Related Reading: The Mom Check-Up)
Reason #8 – He doesn’t complain when the Amazon box arrives…..again.
So I am already an Amazon lover, but add that trait to a curriculum junkie, and you have an Amazon nightmare! Thankfully, my hubby looks the other way when the fifth used book of the week arrives. In my defense, the nearest public library is like 20 minutes from here. I’m sure it’s cheaper just to get it used on Amazon. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it 😉
Reason #9 – He doesn’t interrupt your parent-teacher conferences. (AKA, he gives you time to plan.)
You know those “conferences” when you are mainly talking to yourself. Is it just me or does homeschool planning take a big chunk of your time? I’m thankful for his understanding and willingness to entertain the kids for entire evenings while I lock myself in the office to plan yet another curriculum. Somedays I get lost in all the planning, and most of the time he indulges me. Sometimes my eyes start to cross from staring at the screen and books all day. Then he gently reminds me that maybe I need to take a break.
Reason #10 – He has perfected the scary principal voice.
Why is it that they listen better to him? I’ve concluded that maybe I’m a pushover sometimes. Perhaps I’m just too tired to fight it some days, who knows. Anyway, it’s nice to be able to hand over some of the problems, especially on days when I’ve had enough!
So tell me, why do you love the homeschool dad?