"The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him" (Proverbs 23:24).
Homeschool dads, as well as moms, have the double responsibility of not only being a parent but also being a teacher. My dad had to learn how to share with my mother the daily tasks of teaching, maintaining a home, and balancing finances. As a child, I didn't understand or appreciate the responsibilities he faced, but as an adult, it's easier to see how important my father was in my upbringing and how he impacted my life.
No matter what stage of homeschooling you're in, you're probably wondering if you're making a positive difference in your children's lives. From a former homeschooled child, I am here to say homeschooling is worth it. In honor of Father's Day, here's wisdom my dad taught me that you can also apply.
Always Explore - My dad was a natural at discovering new things and figuring out how they worked, why God created them, and sometimes even how to improve them. His love of exploring taught me not to be afraid to learn or approach new things, people, or situations.
Be Unique - My dad was never one to go with the crowd. He was unique, fun, and genuine. He didn't care what others thought of him, and he taught me the freedom of being myself and having my own interests that made me who I am.
Mistakes Are Alright - My dad never judged me when I made a mistake or didn't get mad when I didn't get the best grade on a test. He was more concerned about me and how I was learning.
Work Hard - My dad worked selflessly for our family for years, while my mom stayed at home and taught us. He came home at night and helped with homework and chores, even when he was exhausted. This taught me the beauty of sacrifice.
Pursue Your Dreams - My dad always empowered me to chase my goals and dreams. Because he gave up his dreams for my siblings and me, he encouraged me to follow whatever career path I wanted. He made me feel like I could achieve anything.
What plans have you made to honor the homeschool dad in your house this Father's Day? Be sure to thank him for all his acts of love and behind-the-scenes support. Show appreciation for all he does to make your homeschooling successful and thank him for the love he communicates to your family. "Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee" (Exodus 20:12).
Lord, thank You for fathers and the loving help they provide to homeschooling families. Help me to always appreciate and recognize what they do to keep families strong and walking with You. In Jesus' name, Amen.