We should be setting the same kind of example for learning. If we truly believe that education never ends, do our children know what that looks like?
If you're not already doing this, why not start today? Pick a topic and get going. There's no pressure, no grades, and no one telling you that you can't pick a different one when you get bored. Not only will you be teaching your children a valuable lesson about life, but you'll be helping your own brain stay fresh and alert. Who couldn't use a little more fresh and alert?
Need help figuring out where to start? why not:
- Pick an interesting historical figure and start reading a biography
- Find a list of classic literature (like this one) and begin working your way through it. If you don't have time to sit and read, audiobooks are great
- Listen to audiobooks on things that interest you while you're in the car.
- Make a list of documentaries on a topic that interests you and start watching them
- Learn about different cultures through their food by making one meal a week from your chosen country.
- Listen to different genres of music out loud where your kids can hear them. Have you listened to music from Japan? Germany? South Africa? If all you've heard is American or British, it's time to broaden your horizons.
- If you've always wanted to play the guitar, why not get a cheap one on Craigslist and a book on how to teach yourself from the library? Sure it will sound awful at first, but there is great value in showing your kids that you don't already know how to do everything.
- Teach yourself to dice onions like the guys on the Food Network by watching how-to videos on YouTube. I have learned some great cooking skills on there, and my kids do actually pay attention. Yesterday my 8 year old said I was getting much faster in the dicing. I don't mind saying that I glowed with pleasure just a little.