As the first teacher in your child's life it is important that you have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to them. When mom learns something, mom teaches everyone and she knows how to modify the lesson for her audience. I worked with children in a education programs for many years. It was my job to figure out how to engage many students, paying special attention to their unique learning styles, interests, and backgrounds. As a homeschooling mom, I do the same thing but since the children I work with now are mine, I feel my intuition and unique connection with them helps me to teach them better. Mom's who make education a priority through teaching, encouraging, and modeling provide an environment for their children to develop crucial cognitive skills.
You might not be excited to knock the doors of your local university or college but your children will be better off if you do. Even if you hate school, the subject matter is what is important. African American women are still a minority in the field of Political Science, so I am offering a rare experience to my child, right at home. I enjoy being able to discuss politics, civics, and social studies topics with my fourth grader with confidence. I spent several years in school, bored out of my mind in class but it wasn't in vain. Now, I can help him understand some complex ideas.
It is important to remember that education can be obtained through attending a physical school, taking courses online, watching videos on specific subjects, and reading books. Commit to seeking the knowledge that is available to you. As a mom, there will never be a time when learning more is unnecessary. Adults are cursed with believing that once they reach a certain age the growth stops, especially when we have children. As a result, there are unhappy people walking around who are stuck because they refuse to change. Education helps us move out of rut and propel to a more fulfilling life.
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