My children and I couldn't lead this life of educational luxury if it weren't for the support of my husband. When we met sixteen years ago we were both fairly career driven and into ourselves. I was pursuing a Masters Degree in Education while teaching elementary school music, and my husband was beginning his career with the company he still works for today .... we talked about having children and thought maybe "one would be plenty". We couldn't see beyond the age of 30 and life seemed so very simple.
If you know us personally you would say I am the extrovert and my husband is the introvert. He is quiet and reserved. He is good with numbers and works in technology. He is level-headed, considerate and patient. I, on the other hand, am more gregarious, offer up opinions (when I sometimes should keep them to myself), and can be quiet impatient. I like to think my spur of the moment thinking helps balance us out. Our children are really a mix of both of us, and I love this.
Yesterday evening the children and I planned a little celebration for Dr. Suess' birthday. We made green eggs and ham muffin cups from a recipe I found at Super Healthy Kids. Miss B devoured the spinach egg creations, and GMan tried without complaining, which is pretty good for him!
We added some fresh fruit and
Pop-Tarts! (I had to inspire my little guy to try the spinach somehow, didn't I?)
The looks on the kids' faces were priceless, and the laughter was contagious!
After dinner, they continued reading Dr. Seuss books in the family room and it was so cute to hear both of my children trying to be as dramatic as their dad had been earlier. It was one of those warm and fuzzy homeschooling moments, which make me realize that this choice was SO WORTH IT.
So, all of you moms out there, be sure to thank your husband today and tell him how much he means to your family. Too often our husbands get the last of us - tired and frazzled at the end of the day - and we forget to tell them thank you for working hard all day. I am guilty of this, and I hope to be more appreciative in the future. I'm also guilty of thinking I know the right way of teaching the children and I am the expert. Last night I watched my husband and saw him as the expert, too -- he knows them just as well as I do and teaches them in his own unique way.
I never dreamed sixteen years ago I would be a homeschooling mom and my husband would be dressed like the Cat in the Hat reading to our children. It just goes to show that life can turn out better than you imagined it could.