If you’re the homeschooling parent—the one that is with your kids day in and day out, no matter what else is going on—it’s likely that the structure of your days doesn’t change much. You get done what you need to get done, when you need to get it done. You take care of the chores. You spend a lot more time with the kids—that’s just the way it works when one parent is home while the other one has to work.
But what about break days? What do you do when you’re not technically homeschooling? Does your spouse take those days off along with you?
If you’re taking a vacation, it’s probably a given that your spouse is coming along. On the other hand, what about those other trips—the little ones? Maybe you’re planning to go to the aquarium, or the zoo, or to a museum. Maybe you have your heart set on a day at an amusement park.
Why can’t your spouse go with you? Is there a reason, or is it just habit that has you packing up the kids and the car by yourself?
Obviously, if your spouse has no paid time off remaining, you have to keep your priorities in line—but what if he does? What if it’s just a matter of scheduling a day or two off in advance?
What trip are you taking that your spouse would love to join in on?
Better: what trip are you taking that you would love your spouse’s participation on?
Look over your plans for spring break. Choose a day that is perfect for the entire family to do something—even if it’s hanging out around the house together. Then, make plans to do exactly that. Make it a break day for everyone.
You may be surprised by how much your spouse appreciates that day off, too.