As we reach the end of May, many people are looking at us and asking “Are you done homeschooling?” When I hear this I somewhat chuckle within and want to just look them in the eye and say “Yep! They done learned it all this year and next year, they is off to that there collage place!” No, we are not done! As a matter of fact, we are in summer school mode now. Yeah, for Georgia, we needed to complete 180 days of school. That was completed back in April and then the kids asked to keep going. Thus the summer school part. But I ask you dad, are you done?
The school time may be down for a bit if you are not doing the summer school schedule but are you still teaching? See, the life of a dad never has a break. There is no time off, there is no recess, there is no time to quit. And your actions during this time, when your kids are around you more, is critical.
Let’s face it dad, you are not done! You have a lifetime of teaching ahead of you. Your kids will still be watching and listening to what you do and say, even when they leave the house. I still learn what to do, and not do, from my dad even now.
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching,
9 for they will be a garland of grace on your head
and a gold chain around your neck.
(Proverbs 1:8-9 HCSB)
I am beginning to think the garland is grey hair! But the truth of the matter is that you are not done dad. The school year my be coming to an end for the 2014-2015 year. Commencement speeches are being given all across the country. Caps are being thrown in the air, certificates are being awarded, kids are moving up and in some cases moving on. But you are not done. Even when they move out of the house, you are not done. You still need to set the example, be the standard, be the model, that your kids can look up to.
Stand strong dad! Your job started at the birth of your kids and caries on for a lifetime. Personally, I can not think of a better, more rewarding, more humbling, stressful, and precious job than being a dad. So, when people ask you “Are you done now?” Just smile and say “Nope! Just getting started.”
Till next time…
I’m just a Husband of a Homeschooling Mom,