5 Ways to Thank Dads

It is notoriously difficult to buy gifts for a man. Yet, men appreciate gifts, attention, thoughtfulness and gratitude as much as anyone else. Father’s Day is upon us, and you and your children are probably pretty anxious to celebrate the day in the best possible way for the man of the house. Here are some tips and ideas for anyone needing a little inspiration in the ‘thanking Dad’ department…

Dads: Irreplaceable Heroes of Homeschooling

Out there, Dads seem to have acquired rather a poor reputation. They’re inadequate, bumbling, and terribly prone to mistakes. They don’t know who they are, lack responsibility, and couldn’t begin to earn your respect. Out there, Dad is really unimportant, and generally in the way. At least, that’s what you’d think if all you ever did was watch TV shows or otherwise listen to the popular culture. Meanwhile, in homeschooling circles, there’s a lot of talk about moms. Moms do the teaching, moms hold down the fort, and moms take care of all the little details that keep young families steady in the day-to-day activities. Moms deserve enormous credit, of course—all the credit in the world as a matter of fact—but today, we’re here to talk about dads. We know that fathers are some of the most hardworking, high-achieving, devoted, and necessary people in the world. Dads may be operating behind the scenes most of the time when it comes to homeschooling, but as it turns out, they’re really indispensable. In fact, we really couldn’t live without them. Here’s why…

A Day at the Spa for Homeschooling Moms

Alright, homeschool Dads. Your wife is reaching the end of another academic year. She has endured arguments from the teenagers about book reports for Goodbye, Mr. Chips. She has sharpened dozens of number 2 pencils. She has scrubbed 64 different colors of crayons off the kitchen walls. She has corrected so much Math 54 that she feels like she personally knows John Saxon. She has helped your children diagram so many sentences that she now mentally diagrams sentences as people speak them to her…

Walking through Wardrobes

We’ve all probably been in conversations in which a parent will comment that his child spends too much time on the computer or iPad, as though the parent had no control at all over his children. That’s pretty sad for a number of reasons, beginning with the fact that it alludes to a relationship breakdown. But it also strikes me that we parents have collectively lost sight of those things that often draw families together, rather than apart. And perhaps we have lost sight of the most basic one: reading to our children…

Many Are Called

Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings. Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not. The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way…

Immortal Love

Every St. Valentine’s Day leaves men at a loss for telling their girlfriends or wives how much they love them. Very often, whether a dozen red roses, a box of chocolates, or a hand-written poem, nothing seems to suffice. If you homeschool husbands find yourself in this predicament, don’t feel too bad. We’ve all been there. In fact, I’ve always been there…

Museums

A few months ago, I wrote an article dealing with blaming yourself as a Catholic parent whose children have veered off course. In it, I told the story of a man who spent an afternoon in a famous museum. The man walked around and observed the paintings of Raphael and the sculptures of Michelangelo. After spending four hours in the museum—unimpressed by anything—he decided he had seen enough. On his way out, he told the museum curator, “I’m leaving. I haven’t seen anything good here today.”…

Sitting at the Kids’ Table

I always seem to wind up at the kids’ table. Until recently, I thought this happened by pure serendipity, but I’m beginning to wonder if it occurs by my own subconscious design…

Giving God a Chance

You don’t get to be my age without talking to some Catholic parents whose children have left the Faith. Though they have tried very hard to transmit the Faith to their children, homeschooling parents are not immune to children falling away. These parents have experienced a pain that is almost unimaginable to others, and one of the worst parts of this pain is that these parents tend to blame themselves for their children’s mistake. If you are one such parent, let me make a few suggestions…

Cookie Cutters and Angels

It’s often lamented that babies don’t come with manuals. Of course, this isn’t true—babies do come with manuals. They are called “parenting books.”…