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Each October our family spends an afternoon at Snead’s Farm, a local pumpkin patch, asparagus farm, and Christmas tree farm. We enjoy the zip line, fields of sunflowers, swings attached to long ropes hung from the barn rafters, and lots and lots of pumpkins. This is the first year that our children’s adult responsibilities and busy schedules might prevent all of us from spending this traditional day together. Last year when we were enjoying our day together, it didn’t occur to me that it could possibly be the last one with all of us there. Traditions and family time are an important part of our kids’ stories — make the time for them while you can.
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Mary Ann Kelley
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Homeschooling With a Doubting Dad
We will be homeschooling all three of our daughters this fall (ages 9, 12 and 17). I am excited and nervous about this new adventure, but my husband still has a lot of doubts that this will work for our family. He recently said “I’ll never see you” and thinks homeschooling will take over our life. Are there any resources out there to educate him on the benefits, and to somehow involve him more in this change? Thank you.
Your concerns about your husband’s doubts and feelings about homeschooling show you’re on the right track. While more and more dads are taking on the role of “primary homeschooling parent,” and many other couples are tag teaming the homeschool duties, the dominant homeschooling model is still one where the mom is the instigator, organizer, and implementer of most homeschooling activities.
Depending on how Mom handles this, Dad can certainly feel left out. And, frankly, if Dad is the primary homeschooling parent, the reverse can also be true. However, homeschooling allows for so much more family time than other educational models that, handled well, homeschooling can be a boon to fathers’ relationships with their kids and their wives.
First, I think you’re onto something. You have heard his concerns and want to take them seriously. I read in your letter that you’re getting both his emotional worry — that he’ll not see you and lose connection with the kids — and his practical worry — his doubts about the benefits of homeschooling. Try to hang on to this, because he’s done a great job of expressing himself, and you’re seeing his worries clearly. This is Homeschool Win #1 for your family, because family communication wins are homeschool wins!
You might even write down those two concerns of his and put them on your desk or bulletin board or inside a kitchen cabinet door, so you’ll have a reminder of his perspective.
Here I’ll address his concern about losing his connection with family.