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Be Protective and Cooperative
Volume 117, Program 64
11/28/2013
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The Farris family has homeschooled for over 30 years. That’s a lot of high school graduations! Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris discusses a lesson he’s learned that will strengthen your homeschool.

Mike Farris:
As I’m sharing a list of lessons our family has learned, today’s lesson hits home for fathers. Dads—we need to be both protective and cooperative when it comes to our wives and our homeschooling.

What do I mean by this? Well, first, don’t let other people invade your wife’s generosity and steal her time. Some women in church might say, “We’re having a Bible study and you have four children here already. Can you watch ours as well while we study the Word?” Dad, do not let people invade your wife’s time and energy in this way.

Also, make sure your wife gets a break. My wife has taken a long walk—usually four miles&mdashk;nearly every day for the past 40 years. This has been incredibly important to Vickie. It has been my job to help protect that time and to cooperate with her to make all of this possible.

Dad, you also must take as much of the load as you can in one of two areas: either the academics of homeschooling or the care of the home. These areas form the bulk of your wife’s to-do list. Your goal is to ensure that your wife knows from your actions that you are as committed to homeschooling as she is. You accomplish this by taking items off of her to-do list and getting them onto yours.

I’m Mike Farris.


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