Mental Stimulation…sorry laundry and dishes don’t do it for me
I’m a mostly stay at home mom
except now I also sub in a nearby school washing dishes
and several weekends a month I work as a church musician.
but the last 14 years
I’ve essentially been a SAHM
and I might add
not always a very good one
I love cooking
hate doing dishes
Don’t mind throwing a load in the washer and dryer but really don’t like folding.
Occasionally Over the years I’ve taken painting classes.
and learned I actually have some talent(not a lot…but enough that was challenging at least for a while
some more of my paintings not perfection but enough to provide mental stimulation
then I tried crochet(this is a broomstick crochet shawl
but what is finally bringing me to feeling like I’m using my brain is a that I decided to take a class….
no not on baking, or crocheting,
not even a book club
I’m taking a class
the class was titled Early Christianity:The Letters of Paul
taught by Dr. Laura Nasrallah and her teaching team of doctoral students.
and as my BA was in comparative study of worlds religions this class was perfect( a little more into history than I was used to …but I was able to be in discussion with a like-minded academic focused population….and….it was free!
this is what had been missing…yes I’d go out to a morning coffee group occasionally but that discussion revolved around the kids
this was different is different it stimulates your brain and you reach
more than a diaper changer, dish washer (not that there is something wrong with those) I needed more
I will definitely be seeking out more classes online or otherwise to continue to challenge my thinking and brainwaves
and I strongly encourage anyone who is a mom or dad for that matter to always work at improving yourself…intellectually…
IN taking care of yourself and your needs you are more able to see to the needs of others.
that is all
have a great day