JMJ98 *Put up with a little football and television, or other activity that he cares about but you don’t reciprocate the passion for. I am not much of a television person, but he loves it when I sit down with him and watch a show, and, it ends up being good for me as well as I tend not to relax enough.
Ring the School Bell 98/180 days
This week, while accomplishing the day-to-day stuff, I have been thinking about my hard-working husband, and giving him credit for all he does. In yesterday’s, “Appreciating the Homeschool Dad”, I created a list of good-hearted things that John does for our family. Visit here to see it:
Today’s task will be to think of ways to show appreciation for what he does. As with yesterday, every readers list will be different, because all fathers are unique, of course. My hope is that it will inspire some ideas.
Showing appreciation for the homeschooling Dad
- It is so easy to get caught up taking care of the children and their needs. Spend time with your spouse, on dates or on the front porch swing.
- Put up with a little football and television, or other activity that he cares about but you don’t reciprocate the passion for. I am not much of a television person, but he loves it when I sit down with him and watch a show, and, it ends up being good for me as well as I tend not to relax enough. You may surprise yourself and actually start enjoying the activity.
- Your spouse needs to hear “I love you” from you and your children, either through actions or words, or both. Write down a loving message on a note card, mirror, or pack a special note in his briefcase.
- Melissa and I pack lunches for John, and often dinner as well. After all, eating dinner at 9:30pm, as he does frequently, just isn’t good for his gut. This is our way of showing that we care about his welfare. Melissa tries to make that sandwich extra special for her Dad whom she cares about so deeply.
- As a family, choose a day and give your husband the opportunity to choose where you all will go. My husband loves the beach, but it seems that usually we are always doing something else of our own choosing. Let him have his turn.
- Encourage your children to make something heartfelt and crafty for their Dad. My husband has a special drawer where he retires such mementos, after they are displayed on his nightstand forever. Or, on occasion, have your kids bake him his favorite treat, in John’s case, chocolate fudge. And then, make certain that he gets most or all of it!
What will you add to this list?
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette