Most of us would say that one reason we homeschool is so we’ll have more quality family time together. But in reality this is what happens. Mom is the primary teacher and caretaker of the home. Dad is the primary breadwinner. Most of time, Dad works all day outside the home, while Mom works all day inside the home. By the time Dad gets home from work, Mom is exhausted and ready for a break from the kids, and Dad is exhausted and just ready for dinner and some downtime. No sooner are the dishes washed and the leftovers put away, then it’s time to get the kids ready for bed. Dad may have gotten a few hugs and kisses, but that’s about it. But there’s always tomorrow night, right?
At my house, it’s pretty much lather, rinse, repeat.
We all know it’s not how it should be. Quality time as a family must be intentional, even for well-meaning homeschool families. While Mom gets lots of time with the kids (and the kids with her), how do we make sure Dad is not left out of the equation?
Members of the Crew are sharing what they do to counter this common problem in today’s homeschool family in this week’s Blog Cruise — Making Time for Dad.
Lori @ Special Connection Homeschool — Time with Dad
“Because I am the one who does all the teaching I am careful to make sure that dad is a part of our schooling process and knows what we are studying and doing. There are certain areas, like science, where dad actually does some of the work with Gess but we also try to make sure that we make time to just have some fun together.”
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life — Radio-controlled Air Show
“I could just see dollar signs and images of his friend’s plane crashed to splinters. Or I could choose to continue to enjoy the time that the whole family spends together doing something that my husband enjoys so much.”
Marcy @ Ben and Me — Reason #378 to Homeschool
“There are so many great reasons to homeschool. But I have to say one of my favorites is the freedom we have to travel with Dad. “
How do you make time for Dad in your homeschool? Please share with us in the comments below!
Thank you for joining us for this week’s Blog Cruise. Join us next week when our topic will be Homeschooling an Only Child.