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Volume 119, Program 7
3/25/2014
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You can see the military uniform—but there’s no medal for the important service of a homeschool dad to his family. How does a military dad balance service to his country with his family? Today on Home School Heartbeat, Chaplain Paul Douglas joins host Mike Smith to discuss his experience as a homeschool dad while serving in the Army National Guard.

Mike Smith:
Chaplain Paul Douglas is with us today to talk about his role as a homeschooling dad in the military. Chaplain Douglas, thank you for being with us today.

Chaplain Paul Douglas:
I’m glad to be here, Mike!

Mike:
Chaplain, as you transitioned back and forth from being home and being deployed, how did you stay involved in your family’s homeschooling?

Chaplain Douglas:
Well, Mike, through email and phone. A lot of the assignments that my wife would give our daughter and our son, I would still review a lot of those and give feedback, even when I was in theater I could do that.

Mike:
Ok, what else did you do?

Chaplain Douglas:
Well, a lot of times I would give them assignments. And being able to have chat and other online options, I was able to stay plugged in the whole time, so it wasn’t like I missed a whole lot of their education while I was deployed.

Mike:
What would you say the biggest challenge was for your wife when you were deployed in terms of homeschooling?

Chaplain Douglas:
Well you’re shouldering the primary load of running the home and taking care of all the bills and all of the, you know, washing machine breaking down, and the dryer breaking down, and plumbing, and things of that nature, and still being able to maintain some kind of schedule—because that’s what the kids need most. They need that stability.

Mike:
Well, Chaplain Douglas, thank you for sharing your experiences with us and our listeners. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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