One of the key roles in my life (and thereby in my posts) is the role of Homeschool Dad. I want to share some thoughts about the role of Homeschool Dad as it is such a key element of who I am and what formulates many of the thoughts for this blog. It is not my intention for have this site be directed specifically for Homeschool Dads, but since it is a big part of our faith experience and family experience in my house, it will be a recurring theme so I feel it is important to articulate where I am coming from in that sense.

I have three children, ranging from 6th grade to 9th grade. For the most part, homeschooling is the only schooling they have known. We are starting into our eighth year as a HS family. Like most ventures, particularly non-conventional ventures, HS’ing has its ups and downs, its great days and its weak days, but overall, we have found homeschooling to be an enormously positive experience for our kids and for us.

One of the really great benefits of Homeschooling for us as a family is flexibility of time and curriculum it has afforded us to strengthen our faith as a family. My wife put it best in a few years ago when she said, “Saying we’re ‘Catholic Homeschoolers’ is saying who we are, not just what we do.” In other words, our faith and our children’s education are central to our thought processes, our decision and really every facet of our lives. In many ways it has become our family identity.

Like most families, our children have a diverse set of talents and interests and like most parents, we want our children to be the best that they can be in whatever path they choose for life. We hope and pray that the paths they choose are centered on faith, family and community and our homeschooling experience has allowed us as a family to build together in each of these areas.

We don’t yet know what career paths our children will follow, but whether they aspire to be the President of the United States, or artists, athletes, social workers, or entrepreneurs, our deepest desire for them is that we be together for eternity as a family in the Kingdom of God. If the root of our faith is in doing the work of Christ and attaining the kingdom for our children and ourselves, than preparing them for this is the most important thing that we can do for our children as parents and educators.

Homeschooling is a life decision that requires sacrifice. It takes a lot of time, it has a heavy impact of a family’s finances (even if you take a low cost approach, which many families do quite successfully, it can seriously limit earning potential compared to the modern norm of the two paycheck family) and it can at times be very stressful. For us however, after eight years, it has been a great success when measured against our goals and when measured in the character of our children.

Whether you are a homeschool family or not, as a Christian parent who is serious about your faith, it is important to look at decisions through the lens of whether you are bringing your children closer to God’s Kingdom.

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