Yesterday our Spring edition of BYU Magazine came in the mail. You know, the magazine you get from your college alma mater? We all get them, no matter where we went to school. I have to say that Joel and I both look forward to getting BYU Magazine, while the ASU Magazine usually gets recycled without even being cracked open. I love BYU Magazine.
This issue had a particularly interesting article* about mothers and how they use their education with their children. There was a mother who was an art major who used her daughter's princess phase (they all have them) to teach her about art history and period clothing. There was a mother who loved geography and kept maps on the kitchen table. There was a mother who majored in business who constantly used business tactics as she disciplined her children. Plus many others.
I loved the way this article illustrated that our educations absolutely do not go to waste, even if we choose to be (gasp!) Stay At Home Mothers. I hate it when people assume that a woman's education isn't being used, just because it isn't being used in the workforce.
I've been thinking about my own college education, and how I use it in my mothering. As far as my major (Music--Vocal Performance) goes, I certainly make sure my children play their own musical instruments. I am pretty well equipped to help them practice, and to teach them theory. I love to talk to them about the songs we're listening to, even though once we were listening to Erlkonig by Schubert, and I scarred them for life by telling them the story behind it. I have been teaching Sophia solfege lately, and she really loves it. She got very excited last night at Bria's choir concert when they sang Do-Re-Mi from Sound of Music. And if nothing else, I can sing the best lullabies for miles around, just ask my kids.
I'll need to think further on how I use the rest of my college education in the home, because I really hope I do.
But now, I want to know what you do? How does your college education manifest itself in your mothering? Or even if you didn't go to college, because that's okay, too. We've all been educated, and we should be using the things we've learned!
*The article is not online yet, but I have linked the archive page, so maybe they'll put it online in a week or so. It's in the Spring 2010 issue, and is titled "Homework."