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Many Hands
Volume 119, Program 10
3/28/2014
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You’ve heard it said that many hands make light work. When your husband is deployed and you’re managing the details of your homeschool alone, how can you inspire teamwork and initiative in your kids? On today’s Home School Heartbeat, Army wife Catherine Barber joins your host Mike Smith to share her family’s example.

Mike Smith:
Catherine, thank you for joining us today!

Catherine Barber:
You’re welcome. Thank you!

Mike:
Catherine, how did your sons take an active role in their own education, especially when your husband was deployed?

Catherine:
Mike, from the time our sons were young, we knew that we wanted to teach them a love for learning, and even for them to assume an active role in that education. So when David was deployed for 13 months in 2005, the boys were ages 19 months, 13 years, and 16 years.

The older two were in high school, and they were both in the same grade, so our days were often very long with schoolwork. And just keeping up with the “dailyness” of life kept us very busy. One of our sons is particularly gifted in math and science, and that proved very helpful during that time that my husband was gone because he kind of became the in-house tutor for his brother, who sometimes found math a bit confusing.

Overall the boys were just great about taking responsibility for their schoolwork and got their work done before free time. That was always kind of the carrot we hung before them. And of course don’t assume we did all this without all that goes on in any typical family! We had our moments, but God is faithful, as you know, and He saw us through all of it.

Mike:
Catherine, thank you for sharing your family’s experience with our listeners. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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