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Help! I'm Married to a Homeschool Mom


Help! I'm Married to a Homeschool Mom

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Publisher: Moody Publishers

Author: Todd Wilson

List Price: $9.99

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Jean Hall

Hey, Dad, can I have your ear for just a moment?

One of the hardest things about a book like Help! I'm Married to a Homeschooling Mom is getting the target audience to read it. It's a frustration in our homeschool group, when we consider purchasing materials for our group's library. We might talk over an excellent resource directed at fathers, but it seems a waste of money because the fathers never check out these helps! (And I'm not sure, if his wife checks it out and lays it on his table, how likely he'll be to read it.)

Yet a topic very close to the hearts of homeschool leaders in our state organization is the dad's involvement in the homeschool. We're not talking about teaching a math lesson here and there, but rather husband and wife walking together, bearing together the awesome and precious responsibility of raising young people for the Kingdom.

Perhaps there's hope for this book. It's slim and unthreatening, less than a hundred pages. It's sprinkled with cartoons. (I particularly liked the one with the father, just come home from work, opening the closet door to see the mother crouching in the shadows. He asks, "So, how was school today?") It's got lists, like practical ways to help, ideas for encouraging, and ways to pray for your wife. The author addresses real-life issues and offers practical solutions. He acknowledges the real difficulties for dads as well as moms, but addresses serious issues with humor and grace.

The author states his purpose early on: "Dad, I applaud you for giving your family the privilege of being educated at home, and I sympathize with your plight of being married to a homeschool mom. However, if you expect your wife to successfully pull off this homeschooling task, then she's going to need your help. Homeschooling is a tremendous undertaking. It can crush a woman who is forced to carry it alone. Homeschooling is at its best when the husband and wife shoulder its weight. Working as a team doesn't make it easy - that would be wishful thinking - but it does make it easier."

Subjects addressed include help, encouragement and approval, leadership and sacrifice, listening and understanding, muscle, time and money, and prayer. The aim of the book is not to take you on a guilt trip, but to encourage you and help you to deal with this "cranky woman" and avoid the very real danger of wearing lasagna noodles on your head.

If you're a committed, godly homeschooling father, you'll be challenged and encouraged by this book and affirmed in the path you've chosen. You might consider handing this book to another homeschooling father who could use the exhortation. If his beleaguered wife leaves it on the table next to his chair, it may gather dust, at least until it's covered up by other books and papers. But as "iron sharpens iron," your encouragement can be an invaluable resource to other men, and this important message can spread to the ears it's meant to reach.
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Jean Hall
Jean Hall, a Christian home educator with three daughters, enjoys writing stories and music. Her family's interests include reading together, art, gardening, volkswalking and pets: two cats and a Giant Schnauzer.
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