afternoon reading for mommas: “O, Alma Mater”

a friend of my posted this article on facebook earlier this afternoon and just the portion she quoted was enough to make me click on the link and read the article.

recently, i’ve been facing the dilemma of mommyhood vs. professional life and have felt rather annoyed at an inconsistency in myself: i want to stay at home and have my job, too.

i want to pour everything into my daughter and my home and my family… but i don’t want to give up teaching and learning and growing that my job forces me to do to stay on top of my game as a teacher.

i can’t have my cake and eat it, too.  right now, i’m doing the balancing act, but i don’t know how long that will last.  i have thought that, there might be a time in a couple of years with a couple of kids, that i just might give up my profession for the full-time mom status.  (as if being a mom isn’t a full-time job no matter what.)

what about my education?  what about all that money and time and training?

this article really hits well why our education as women is NEVER wasted.  it was encouraging to me now, and will probably be even more so if/when i put my “official” teaching career on hold for a while.

my favorite quotation in the piece comes close to the end:

“My point is, when a highly educated woman is home with her children day in and day out, she weaves the riches of her education into their lives in continuous, subtle, living ways. This is a priceless preparation for a lifetime of learning. This gift is the transmission of culture.” (italics mine)

to read the entire article, click here.  it’s definitely worth the 5 minute scroll.


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