Last week, I wrote a post about how I refuse to feel guilty about being a working mom. It’s gained a bit of attention (um, the front page of Yahoo! but I refused to read the comments) and a ton of feedback. I’m a staunch believer in the power of women in the workforce and I love my job – I’m happy with my decision. But I wanted to tip the scales a bit in the other direction, to acknowledge that I think staying at home is a wonderful, beautiful opportunity and worthy work in society. I never want my writing to reflect an opinion of anything other than complete support of what career path a mother chooses. My mother stayed home and I cherish those days and memories just as I know she does.
So it’s no surprise that I tend to get angry feelings when I see people insulting stay-at-home-moms because it feels like they’re insulting the choices that my wise, beautiful, strong mother made thirty-six years ago.
The biggest offense-worthy argument I see is that staying home is a waste of education. That it is a waste of money and time, resources and gosh, didn’t you know there are girls fighting to go to school?!
I get shaking-angry with that accusation because there is no such thing as wasted education. Whether a mother takes one class at a community college or completes her PhD, she has not wasted a moment in the classroom by staying home. And technically, you can say that I’m wasting my pre-law/Human Resource degree by working in social media marketing, but I would guess that nobody would accuse me of wasting my education.
Education goes beyond the classroom and the college experience extends far past course credits. To prove my point, here are 10 things learned in college that had nothing to do with classes:
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