Moms wear many hats. Wife, mother, teacher.therapist, taxi driver, primary caregiver. It’s quite a juggle and/or struggle to keep switching hats to perform the many duties being a mom requires us to do. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I am a recovering control freak meaning that I don’t like to hand off my hats to anyone. In my distorted view, no one is going to do it as well or efficiently as me. Until one day I realized that I am spinning my wheels to teach something that my husband is naturally good at. Why am I teaching it? I presented my views to him very matter of factly and to my surprise, he agreed.
It’s a running joke in my house that I am mathematically challenged. Seriously challenged. As in , I took Algebra 1 all four years of high school and still never passed it. My brain is not wired for math. Now this poses a problem in a house full of children gifted in math. Yea, they didn’t get that from me. When Logan reached fifth/sixth grade math, it became apparent that I was in over my head.
At this point I had several options. Not teaching math was not one of them. I could pay someone to teach him or I could get a computer program to do it. Neither of those options appealed to me or Logan. The first one was entirely too expensive while the second one would still require some assistance from me. After telling Logan for the umpteenth time to wait until his Dad got home to ask for help , I had an epiphany. Why not see if Dad would be willing to teach math to the children?
Some of the reasons I presented were quite silly. You don’t want your children to grow up without math skills. Some were quite honest. It really stresses me out when a math problem comes up that I can’t help with making the tone of our homeschool stressed. Some were just matter of fact. I don’t know what I’m doing in order to help him so he’s falling behind. I not only presented an argument for why he was better suited to teach it but I also presented a plan for it as well.
In our house, Dad works nights. On the night he works, we have exactly 2 and a half hours that we see him from the time he gets up to the time he leaves for work. In that time, he has to shower and eat as well. It’s imperative that the children be working on their math texts when he goes to shower. Why is this important? This way, if there are any questions or help is needed then we are prepared to get to work on it as soon as he comes out. While Dad does math lessons with the children, I prepare lunch.
This has worked in our homeschool for the past 5 years or so. It frees me up to do lunch so we can eat with Dad before he leaves for work . The children get a high level math education plus they get to spend quality time with Dad everyday. I would like to say that the stress has left our homeschool. It still rears it’s ugly head but it’s not because of math. I am in a much better mood to do lessons with them after Dad leaves thus allowing us to make happy homeschool memories.
I challenge all of you moms to find something that Dad can teach the children. Something he enjoys already making it easy for him to teach. It doesn’t have to be a daily subject like math. It could be as easy as reading a book out loud in the evenings with the children. Can he draw? Is he great with cars? Does he know a foreign language? Does science come easily to him? English? There has to be something he does that would be beneficial to teach to the children. I highly encourage you to find his strength and use it to your advantage.
Putting Dad in charge of a homeschool subject has blessed our family immensely. It allows the children to learn plus it opens Dad eyes to some of the struggles of homeschool. It gives me a slight break to do something else. For us , it brought us closer together as a family. The children enjoyed time with Dad while Mom’s stress was alleviated. We all know that a happy mom makes for a happy family.
Tell me , what subject could Dad teach in your homeschool?