One of the main reasons I homeschool is because I want to spend as much time as possible building relationships with my children.
R is for Relationships
Having 5 children can make it difficult to find time to spend with each of them individually. One thing Robb and I did to help with that was to institute special weekends. Each weekend is someone's special weekend with Robb and someone's with me, on a rotating basis. For example, this weekend would be Sassy Pants's weekend with me and Little Red's weekend with Robb. During the weekend, that child goes wherever Robb/I go, and we also set aside time to do something special with that child - playing a game, going for ice cream, etc.
Another thing I've done is to establish a journal with each of them as a part of our school day. In it is a running conversation between that child and me. Right now, it's just surface stuff, but I've started it while they are young so that when they're older and have things they don't feel comfortable talking about face to face, they can write it in their journal and I can respond. Both Soccer Girl and Ballerina have used it to ask me things about my childhood also.
Not only do I want to build strong relationships with my children, but I want them to build them with each other. I firmly believe that one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is the time we get to spend together as a family. While my children are normal and have their fair share of sibling squabbles, for the most part, they get along very well. I love watching them work together on projects, helping each other with their schoolwork when it's needed, and play together when school time is over.