Yes, dads, you can and should be an important part of your homeschool, both in the academics and in the general homeschool life. So, it’s up to you to look at the basic principles identified in this article and work together with your wife to determine how best to implement them in your family. 

Some have drawn a comparison between homeschool and regular school by saying that Mom is the teacher; Dad is the principal, superintendent, and headmaster; and together they are the school board. Thus, when Dad comes home and gives Mom a big hug and kiss, they can say that it was a sweet school board meeting! 

And that brings up my final observation. I believe that it was Theodore Hesburg who is credited with the saying that the best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. That should be the guiding principle for a homeschool dad.

Wayne S. Walker, a native of Highland County, Ohio, is married to Karen. Their two sons have always been homeschooled. Mark has graduated from homeschool, and Jeremy is still in high school. Wayne is a minister, and the Walkers currently live in Salem, Illinois, but for over five years Wayne served as volunteer Missouri coordinator for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.

Publication date: August 13, 2012