Supporting each other on the homeschool journey.

There are tons of articles about how to support your wife, or your husband (or really any relative), on the homeschool journey. I have a favorite:

But there’s one piece of advice that I would give to everyone: Talk to each other.

There’s support, like giving the primary teacher a day off by taking over duties, and then there’s support; where you are in agreement and an understand how hard it is. Support is being there when something goes wrong. Support means being able to take over.

Support also means not making comments about how going to traditional school would be better. It means understanding that today’s science experiment is all over the kitchen table, so we will eat in the yard. Being supportive means that you appreciate the ten posters on the wall made by the kids for their art lessons, or science projects. It means being willing to spend Saturdays at museums and learning – not just at the park playing.

There are a lot of things you can do to support the primary teacher. But then there’s the support you can do to support the whole idea of homeschooling. And none of it will happen unless you talk to each other. If you don’t talk with your spouse, if you don’t communicate what is going on with the homeschooling process, then there can be no support.

I’ll admit to leaving articles open on “supporting your wife” – just leaving them open on the computer and hoping my husband sees them. But what worked even better was simply telling him, “I’m exhausted, can you do German with the kids over breakfast so I can sleep in?” How is someone supposed to read my mind? How is the non-teaching parent supposed to know what the kids are studying, or where they can help out, unless you talk with them.

So my best advice to being supportive about homeschooling: Simply talk with each other.

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