This is For Dads
Let me interject that this article is for
dads. So Mom, you’ll need to print it, for-
ward it, or plop your husband in front of
the computer to read it, because I’m writ-
ing it for him.
Hey, Dad! Can we talk? For at least a
dozen years I’ve travelled the country
encouraging homeschool moms. The
reason they need encouragement is
because they mostly live in discourage-
ment. They succumb to lies that per-
meate their thinking and spend most
of their waking hours feeling like fail-
ures and second-guessing the outcome
of their homeschooling and mothering
The school year is about to begin, and
the excitement they may feel at this moment will soon dissolve, and give way to
dread, exhaustion, and feeling the need
But this year is going to be different for
your wife because you’re going to lead
the homeschool charge. You’re going to
be her knight-in-shining armor and get
her through this year. No more coasting or assigning it as “her thing.” It’s up
to you and me to make this year the best
homeschool year ever. To do that you’ll
need a plan—the Dad-Plan.
Here it is:
1. Take the lead. Dad, the truth is that
homeschooling is a dad thing. The Bible
tells dads to bring up their kids in the
instruction and discipline of the Lord.
Whether we like it or not (and I usually
don’t) homeschooling is our responsibility. We may not even teach a single subject, but we’re still the ones who are supposed to lead the charge.
One way we do this is by knowing why
we homeschool our children. And then,
stand strong in that conviction when your
wife waivers. When I ask dads why they
homeschool, many answer, “Because my
wife wanted to.” That’s not a good answer,
because sometimes your wife will look at
you and ask, “Why do we do this again?”
If you answer, “Because you wanted to.”
you will let her down.
She wants you to know why you
homeschool, and keep that before her.
Charge in the
New School Year
You’re the leader in this homeschool journey. Make it happen.