Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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chrissygreenny's picture chrissygreenny

Trust me, i definitely know what you mean about how people may look at you like a lax parent. I get that, too, because my husband and I are striving not just to raise "smart" kids but also kids who are interesting, compassionate, loving, and well rounded. I want them to learn that, yes, school and homework are important, but our mental and emotional well being is important, too. I want them to learn how service to others is also a way to serve the self. I want them to realize that they can learn more from a day spent looking at insects in the yard and picking apples off of a tree than and afternoon spent labeling bug parts and seed anatomy on a photocopied work sheet. I want them to know that there are times when we must set work and schoolwork aside and simple REST.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Here, here!

In an ideal world my kids would be going to a school that fosters all the above, but such a school is not easy to find. Our kids, at least, will grow up knowing (I hope) that learning extends far beyond the classroom walls.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I was such a better student once I got to college. I was always an achiever, but I really became invested in it after high school. How sad would it be had I not had that chance. Seems like lots of people have the point in time when it clicks and things come together. I wish more people had the chance to stick with it until they got to that point.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's what I told my student, Omaha. School clicks at different times for different students. I was a good student in college, but I can say that my love for learning and for the classroom really clicked once I went to graduate school.