My husband, who announced in December that we would be homeschooling the boys, thought I was crazy when we got together. He wasn’t a homeschool believer, and was adamant that the boys belonged in school. It worked for us, because they were in school and I was working full time. I didn’t argue much.
At the time, I assumed I’d be working full time forever. The days of staying home were long gone and should be neatly packed away. While I longed to be home again, I just couldn’t fathom that happening. Who takes on a woman, and two kids from a previous marriage, and supports the stay at home endeavor?
(I know the answer to that question!)
I’m not sure if I’m that persuasive, or if he’s just that good hearted (maybe a little of both?) but through a series of events that we couldn’t control, and some that we could, I am home with our crew. I’ve been an at home wife and mom since August. We’ve been homeschooling since December. And I was wondering if my hubby was a believer in all (or most) things homeschool, or if he was simply “along for the ride?”
My answer came one afternoon recently.
I had been carrying on about government funded education options, the pros and cons, and why some homeschool groups don’t let homeschoolers that use K12 type programs participate in their activities. I’m not a fan of exclusion, to be honest. But on that same honest token, I get the concern with the government funded/backed issues and losing our right to homeschool, which is a right I believe in and will fight for.
So, he obliged and listened – and I didn’t sum it up in a paragraph for him like I just did here. I probably talked for a couple of hours, but who knows. He was listening and I was not stopping. Well, I did finally stop. Dear hubby had that “okay, whatever” look on his face. (It’s not so bad as it may sound; it’s more like “I trust you to make curriculum and schooling choices.”)
Some time passed, I’m not sure if it was just a few days or maybe a week or two. I brought up an awesome math resource I found, and was telling him how it’s free and it’s this and it’s that and I am excited to give it try. He nodded, and asked, “Is it government funded?”
Aha! He has been listening.
10 thoughts on “Homeschool Confessions 4: Dear Hubby”
It’s great that homeschooling works for you as a family, Regina! I agree that children have different needs, which should be considered in a big decision like that.
Thank you for commenting, Delia!
Ah-ha! That’s a nice moment when you realize that he was listening, after all! Blessings on you and your homeschooling, Regina!
Thank you Amy!!
I have a number of friends who have homeschooled their kids and I say kudos to you! I agree with you that those that want to homeschool should have the right to do so. RIght now, I’m dealing with being on a different schedule with my kids, with one being in private school and two in the public system. Kids have different needs, and whether it’s homeschool, private or public, I think we have to consider what is best for them!
We definitely do. Learning styles, paces, environmental influences all have to be weighed. Thank you for your comment!
I so admire parents that are home schooling. One of my clients was just telling me about an online/virtual event that she will be speaking at that is design for parents, teachers and homeschoolers on how to raise happy children and teens. Apparently she started attending a couple of years ago and she says that she has met some awesome parents that way.
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Thank you for sharing, Rachel. We love it! It is the most rewarding, most challenging endeavor we’ve taken on.
Kudos to you for homeschooling your kids. I’m so glad that your husband is supportive of you.
Glad we met via UBC. Cheers!
Thank you Shelli! I am blessed to have his support and I thank God for bringing him into my life on a daily basis.