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Day 33 – Dadschooling

We are fortunate to have the flexibility in our family to shift around our typical responsibilities. Primarily, I am home with the girls, but I would not call myself the primary “care giver.” My husband and I are equals in that regard. Josh has taken over beautifully when I have had night classes, when I’ve had writing deadlines, or when I’ve have been out of town to play shows–sometimes a couple of weeks at a time! I don’t leave lists or instructions. I don’t hesitate, and neither does he. I’m so thankful for him.

Today we had a LOT going on. Josh’s aunt was visiting from California, and we were so excited. We are working on a new Rain for Roots record, so I also had studio time this week, and Josh covered all of the bases. He helped facilitate “school” for the girls while also entertaining our guests.

The girls read books, watched a documentary about Meerkats and the Kalahari, and took a field trip to the zoo.

This all took place during regular “school” hours, but I know that many families do not have this flexibility. I know a lot of mamas who are home all day and through the evening as the primary educators.

Learning does not have to happen 8:00 – 3:00, Monday – Friday. Learning happens all of the time! If you are struggling with how to find time for yourself and how to fit everything in, perhaps getting your partner on board with taking up some of the “schooling” responsibility in the evening or on the weekends might help.

I am also sensitive to the fact that a lot of mamas out there are completely on their own. I know single moms who are homeschooling. I’d love to hear more about how that works and what that looks like, so I have been thinking about setting up interviews with these sweet ladies and reporting back in a future “Tutorial Tuesday.”

For now, how about you? Do you have a non-traditional work, family, or homeschooling situation? What does that look like for you? Do you have any suggestions for us newbies? Leave your ideas in the comments!

Subjects covered today: Reading and Nature

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