Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I Don't Even Like School, Why Should I Be Concerned About Continuing My Education?

I was not a high achieving student.  The main barrier to consistent academic success was my dislike for school.  Sitting in class was a bore, doing work that I was not interested in was painful, and homework was a joke.  I made it my business to express my disdain for school during English class during my middle and high school years.  I hate school was written throughout my notebook, with or without an explanation.  Although I couldn't stand being there, I continued to go and I finished.  You don't have to like school to reap the benefits of making education a priority.

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. 



Saturday, June 24, 2017

I Have Kids Now, Is It Too Late For Me To Achieve Academic Success?

My baby girl is slowly dosing off to sleep, so I thought I'd take a few minutes to write.  As a stay-at-home mom, it's easy to get caught up in the everyday must-do's of cleaning, cooking, and managing the household.  Most of the time, I am completely consumed by mom duties.  However, technology makes it easier for me to multitask in some ways.  At least once a day, I have a video playing on Youtube or I'm listening to talk radio or a podcast while I'm cooking or cleaning.  That is my way of staying current on issues that concern not only myself but my community and also to learn more about a specific topic that interests me.

Now is the time to focus on your education whether formal or informal.  There may have been a time when mothers had to give up their dreams and goals for family life but things are a bit different now.  We can bring the world to us when we are unable to get out into the world.  I can read books and listen to lectures on past and present findings in Neuroscience if that is what my heart desires and maybe even begin a formal education right from home.

Anyone that tries to make you feel dumb about your choice to put your family first is ignorant and should find something better to do.  The fact of the matter is, many people are underachievers even if they have a fancy title and earn a good salary.  I just want to encourage other moms.  If you're a stay at home mom, a work at home mom, or a career mom the possibilities for high academic achievement are endless.  If you want to hit the books go for it!

Mothers set an example for their children from the time they are born through adulthood.  You can start on a new path today and in ten years (or less) be tossing your graduation cap in the air!  Regardless of what your academic goals are, it's not too late for you to learn.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Making of a Book Blogger Plus A Short Reading List

I was at the beginning of my career as an Out of School Time professional when I decided that I would become a stay at home, homeschooling mom.  At the time, I thought I would also run a small business on the side as either a tutor or (don't laugh) a babysitter.  Not hip to the world I had just stepped into and all that it would take to thrive as a citizen of said world, I struggled.

Transitioning from living a lifestyle centered around working a 9-6 was more of a challenge than I had expected.  During what I like to think of as the information boom, from about 2012 until late 2016, there was so much knowledge to glean that I could use to help me from day to day.

I scored countless websites, read scholarly journals, watched Youtube videos, listened to podcasts and flipped through pages of good old fashioned books.  Now, I've decided to share what I'm reading in order to connect with other millennial moms who are concerned with social issues, finances, building a family, continuing their impact from generation to generation, health, spiritual growth, delving into the history of various women, and other complex subjects.

My Current Reading List:

I will write about a variety of books, both new and old.  The subject matter will mostly be about things I think about as a mom.  Although I try to keep up with contemporary ideas, I love history. Since this is a nonfiction book blog, I think reading some older books is necessary.