When I decided to homeschool the kids I didn’t realize what was ahead of me. There is such a marriage of joy and stress in homeschooling. Thankfully my husband was supportive. If you are thinking about homeschooling you need to know the importance of a supportive spouse.
I am going to share seven things that a supportive spouse can do for your homeschool.
– Encouragement – some days are hard. Some days leave you ready to call it quits and hide in a closet with chocolate. On those days a supportive spouse can come along side you and remind you why you homeschool.
– Help – While we want to be able to do and teach everything there are some areas where we may be weaker. That is where a supportive spouse can fill in the gaps. This can be anything from teaching history to working life skills such as fixing a car.
– Provision – maybe you work from home. Maybe you don’t. For those that do a supportive spouse is essential to taking care of the financial things so that you can homeschool.
– Prayer – there are hard days in homeschooling where I will text or call my husband for prayer. Knowing that he will stop and pray immediately is a huge burden lifter for me.
– Standing for you – sometimes you get tired of saying the same answers to people about homeschool. In those moments it’s nice to have a spouse who will tell people exactly why you homeschool as well as why his children are going to be better than fine.
Someone to vent to – some days you just need to vent. Sometimes things are hard and overwhelming and all you want to do is talk about how much is stinks… On those days a supportive spouse can be there to listen without judgement and without suggesting that you just throw the kids in school.
Someone to rejoice in successes – There are few people on the planet who understand why he exhausting journey of teaching a dyslexic. It can wear you down faster than anything. The same goes for teaching a busy boy to read. However, when they really get it it can be the best day ever. A supportive spouse will celebrate these victories with you without any judgement.
Does your spouse support you homeschooling? What ways does he do that? If your spouse doesn’t support you, where do you find support?