Education is very important to me. Although I took an 8 year break, I am back in school and working my butt off, to achieve my goals.
While I want my children to experience the satisfaction of hard work, I don't want them to make it harder on themselves, than necessary. Given the choice, I wouldn't be juggling school with a husband, 4 kids, 2 jobs and pregnant. I'm not complaining...I'll do what I have to do to make it work, but if my kids can avoid the extra aggravation, why not?
So, I stress college and education to my kids, at any opportunity that presents itself. I want them to understand that college comes after high school....that's just how it is. I want it to be as assumed as 4th grade coming after 3rd. I want my children to experience the world and become educated individuals, that get to do what they love. All to often, I hear people complain about hating their job. Well, that's because it's a job. If you want to love what you do; have a passion for what you do, you must have a career. That will not come without an education.
So, all that leads up to the conversation that I had with Bay the other day:
Me: "Bay, where do you go after elementary school?"
Bay: "Middle school."
Me: "Right. Where do you go after middle school?"
Bay: "High school."
Me: "Yup. And after high school?"
Bay: "A trip!"
Me: (laughing) "Shouldn't you save that till after....?"
I don't know where she got "a trip" from...but it had all of us in the van busting out laughing.
In a society where high school seems to have become "optional", I will do whatever I can to assist my kids in achieving their goals.
Which, for the record, at this moment are:
Bailey-a fast runner in the Olympics
Ryleigh-a "mailer" (mail carrier)
Luke just isn't really sure...given his current ear infection trauma, I'd say he just wants to be healthy!
What's your views on college?