Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
I know of a few stay-at-home homeschooling fathers, dads who take on the majority of official teaching duties or co-teach throughout the day with their spouses. It always warms my heart to hear of fathers devoting their time to families in this way. But for the most part, it still seems like the majority of teaching responsibilities in a homeschool often resides with mothers.
Occasionally I hear dissatisfaction or questions about this from moms/wives:
“How can I get my husband more involved with our days at home?”
“How can I get my children to view my spouse as an active participant in our homeschool–even though he spends most of his day away at work?”
In our home, Steve typically leaves before breakfast and returns before dinner, spending most of his day at the office for his job with Love146.
He doesn’t have any scheduled teaching duties at home, but he is excellent at providing inspiration for our lifestyle of learning–answering kids’ questions that arise during evenings and weekends, sharing about his work and the mission behind it.
This involvement definitely benefits our homeschooling life. His overall support is far more important to me than, say, doing a math worksheet at the kitchen table with kids. In this way we’ve found what works best for us.
Here’s my question to you today:
How does it work in your home? Is your husband involved in teaching? Does he manage specific subjects? Do you wish he could be more involved? Have you found a balance that works for your family?