Typical Homeschool Daddies

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What are the typical questions new acquaintances ask your children? “What’s your name? How old are you? What do you want to be when you grow up?” were the typical ones when our children were growing up. Have they changed very much?

As I shared with you many months ago, when I was a little girl, we used to play a silly game to “find out” what occupation our future husband would have. As we touched each button on each item of clothing we were wearing, we repeated, “Rich man. Poor man. Beggar man. Thief. Doctor. Lawyer. Merchant. Chief.”

Daddy had a first cousin who was a doctor. His uncle was a lawyer. Daddy and his daddy were merchants. I didn’t know any chiefs.

Top: Daddy in Front of His Daddy's Country Store; Center: Daddy Leland in His New Store in Town; Daddy in His Daddy's Store
Top: Daddy in Front of His Daddy’s Country Store; Center: Daddy Leland in His New Store in Town; Lower: Daddy in His Daddy’s Store

Our children were PK’s (preacher’s kids) when we began homeschooling in 1990. When John and Bethany graduated from high school at home, they were still PK’s. Because we started Notgrass Company in 1999, Mary Evelyn finished up homeschooling as the daughter of a small (emphasis on the word small) business owner. Among the other homeschooling dads at our church, one was a physician, one worked in IT, one was an engineer, and one was a family minister.

Notgrass Company recently asked homeschooling mamas to tell us the occupations of their husbands — just for fun. I already knew that there was no typical homeschooling dad. Now I’m sure of it! Let me share some of those occupations with you.

Aircraft Mechanic

Aircraft Painter

Architect

Army Chaplain

Children’s Pastor

Director of Operations for a Hunger Relief Agency

Forester

Grounds Crew Leader for an Ivy League College

Nurse Anesthetist

Paramedic

Pilot

Professional Magician

Pediatric Critical Care Nurse

Professor of Nursing

Public School Principal

Taxi Driver for the Amish

Veterinarian

Several dads owned small businesses. One is a family business that moves houses. They move them with the contents still inside!

All interesting occupations for homeschool daddies, I thought, but the one that most touched my heart was the daddy who is the home health provider for his twenty-five-year-old daughter.

But we urge you, brethren, to . . .
make it your ambition to lead a quiet life
and attend to your own business
and work with your hands,
just as we commanded you,
so that you will behave properly toward outsiders
and not be in any need.
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

Thank you for all you do to support your husbands in their work.

 

 

 

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  1. My husband (a homeschool dad) is a Journeyman Lineman. When we are all dry and warm in our homes, linemen are the ones outside in the cold and rain restoring power. So thankful for my husband, who left a contracting job traveling, making quite a bit of money, to a smaller job and salary so he can be home with us every night. You can’t put a price on that!

    • Oh, Amanda, you and your children are so blessed to have a husband and father who made that choice. I really appreciate the work he does. There are so many unsung heroes! How blessed you are to married to one of them.

  2. This was fun. Thank you for inspiring a thread on another home schooling board. By the way, our homeschool is supported by a corrections officer. He will tell you that he spends his evening “chillin’ with the villains.”