Mama, kudos to you. You’re rockin’ this homeschooling thing in a hard core way. You’re totally slayin’ it. But let’s face it—sometimes it doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it, it just isn’t the same as if it comes from someone else.
Someone else…like Dad.
Having a dad who is involved in homeschooling is a huge plus. Even if mom is the one who does the majority of the teaching, Dad’s involvement still makes a huge difference in the total experience. Here are three reasons why things are infinitely more awesome when Dad is involved in homeschooling.
Sometimes dads can explain things in a way that mom just can’t.
My husband can take a math concept I’ve tried to explain to the boys several times, and he gets them to understand. I’ve watched their faces light up when they finally comprehend a concept that I’ve been explaining in a way they aren’t able to grasp.
“Well, Mom. If you would have just explained it that way.”
And I’ll be honest, sometimes that’s really frustrating for me to hear (and makes me question my abilities to teach certain subjects) but you know what? It’s really nice to have someone else who can get the kids to understand.
Dad can take on topics that mom doesn’t have experience with or doesn’t want to tackle.
Y’all, I know nothing about computers. Technology makes me break out in hives. I’m not good at welding. I can never remember how to change oil. I don’t know nearly enough about WWII, and I will never ever understand how gears work. If I have some plans in front of me, I could maybe build something, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. At all.
But you know who is really good at these things? My husband. He’s such a great resource for skills and information—especially skills and information that I can’t provide. It’s so nice to know that the boys and I have someone else in our corner, helping us to learn all the things.
Dad can sometimes represent something different that is needed in your homeschool.
Although Mom and Dad should always present a united front to their kids, one parent is sometimes known for a certain personality trait more than the other parent. Think back to your childhood—if you had a problem, was there one parent you would approach to help you before the other? Did one of your parents seem to be the more fun, relaxed parent, while the other was the one who made you toe the line? Was one of your parents more serious and logical while the other was more laid back and go-with-the-flow?
Sometimes what a parent brings to the table is more helpful at one time than another. You may need Dad’s silliness to make things lighter. Or maybe things need to be reeled in a bit, and you need Dad’s voice of reason to bring you back down from the clouds. Dad can often assess what’s happening in your homeschool with a different set of eyes and make suggestions for how to do things differently—which is especially helpful when mom is ready to pull out her hair or is considering jumping ship.
Isn’t it great to have Dad involved in homeschooling?
If you’re looking for suggestions on how to get dad more involved in your homeschooling, you can check out my chapter, “Involving Dad and Extended Family Members in Homeschooling” in the new book, The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: Volume 2.