The Twelve Days of Giving Back This Christmas:    Day 12

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♫ On the Twelfth Day of Giving,
The kids helped me,
Make special gifts,
To show appreciation to their daddy. ♫

These twelve days we’ve tried to help out the community and given back to friends. Now on the twelfth and final day, we are giving a little something back to the spiritual leader and supporter of our family.

Dads are crucial to the homeschooling philosophy.

They may not be the ones who teach math, practice phonics, or do science experiments for hours each day. They may not be the ones on their third cup of coffee as their child tries to remember their times tables after months of practice. They may not be the ones who spend hours at the park for playdates with their friends. They may not be the ones who get to hear their child exclaim “I Did It!” after trying so very hard to play that violin piece correctly through tears and complaints that they JUST CAN’T DO IT and now that they can do it they don’t want to stop until every person they know hears them play it.

BUT dads offer the most valuable piece of the puzzle.

Who teaches the kids how to fix things that are broken? Dad.

Who gives mom a break when she needs it? Dad.

Who do the kids love to share their day with when they get home? Dad.

His support is worth more than any gift he can give you.

How do you show your appreciation for that kind of gift?

1. Tell him you love him. The kids and I made him thank you cards to tell him how we appreciate him and all he does for us.

2. Do something for him you know he’ll love. We made his favorite dinner doused in all the cheese he could tolerate. πŸ™‚

3. Beside God, put him first in your life. From the time he walks in the door, he gets the attention he needs to talk about his day and share the problems or joys with you. The children see this and learn from example the respect their dad needs and appreciates.

4. Let your children see you love him. Compliments said in private are one thing, but when your children hear the things you say about their dad, their respect and love for him is magnified big time.

*Sometimes dads are the primary homeschool educator. Thank you homeschool dads for all you do!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Author: Olivia

I am a mom and a homeschooling teacher of two little ones. I am also a Biblical Studies major with a hobby in Creation Science. I love to research Biblical topics and how science and the Bible live in harmony with each other. I learn beside my children when we read, build, and explore with the help of our glorious classroom - God's green Earth!

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