Think about your husband.
Does he carry the financial load?
Does he work long hours while you're in the comfort of your home all day?
Does he want what your family deems as best for your children?
Does he listen to you when you've "had it up to here"?
Does he stay strong in the focus of the long term goals for your family? Let's focus on our husbands this month and provide encouragement for them. Here are 5 ways you can speak life to him:
1. Tell him you appreciate his decision to continue to lead your family in the journey of homeschooling.
This is a loaded one right of the bat! Think about the ways he may lead: What is he doing for your family to insure that you continue on this homeschool path?
He may deal with opposition from co-workers. It's not always easy to go to work and face other's opinions about homeschooling. There are still people out there who don't approve. No one likes to be criticized, but if your husband is standing strong in that storm, praise him! Tell him you appreciate how strong he his in doing what is right for your family.
It might not be easy for him to see you stressed when you are. If your husband is good at serving you when you're tired, letting you go out of the house, or have quiet time after a long day, tell him you appreciate his comfort and his encouragement and the ways he helps you throughout the yeappreciate the ways ar. he is serv
It's a tremendous amount of pressure to be the sole or majority income provider. Tell him you appreciate his sacrifices and how hard he works for your family.
2. Tell him thank you for his insight throughout the year.
If your husband listens to you talk about curriculum/ resource choices, how your children are progressing through their learning, a good book you read on homeschooling, etc., thank him for listening to you and for any feedback he has given you.
What about the wisdom and insight he expressed in the decision to homeschool? The journey is difficult, but he knew the outcome would far exceed any travail.
3. Tell him thank you for his protection of your family.
Making the decision to homeschool is a decision for protection. Your family's reasons might be similar to or different than ours, but homeschooling in some form protects the values and goals you have for your children and makes sure these are given the best opportunity to flourish.
4. Tell him you respect him for putting your children first.
It is likely that your husband is making sacrifices in some form or another to be able to homeschool his children. Remind him he's doing what you decided was the right thing and a simple "thank you for putting our children first" will go a long way.
5. Tell him thank you for providing.
Not only is he providing for your family monetarily while you homeschool, but he's also providing for your children an opportunity for an amazing education, for effective habit training and faith building, and for an incredible future.
In addition, think of what he's providing you. You get the priceless gift of begin with your children each day, guiding them, playing with them, seeing their eyes light up, watching them smile, helping them learn to read, feel accomplished, build confidence, strong bonds and more! He goes to work and sees them only a few hours or less a day. He misses out on most of those moments, but he knows how important it is for you to be there. You are his representative when he's not there. He is in-trusting the children to you.
Some ideas for sharing these with your husband:
- leave little notes in his drawers, car, wallet, etc.
- write a long note with all 5
- in conversation
- text him one each day this week
- put a public thank you on social media (as long as he wouldn't mind)
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