Why Mum’s education is important too

Mothers spend a lot of time worrying about the education of their children. How will the kids perform at the next key stage exam? Are they keeping up and achieving their best? But Mum’s education is important too!

Pursuing further education as a mother not only brings multiple personal benefits, it can also lead to better educational outcomes for children. Some hard-working, language-learning mums tell us why….

1. More than just a mum

2. Taking time for yourself

3. Leading by example

4. Learning together


1. More than just a mum!

First and foremost, taking time for your own education and development is a really positive thing to do! Further education is a way we can top up our skills and our self-confidence.

For mothers in particular, pursuing their studies is a way of saying that they are continuing to develop and thrive outside of their role as provider and care-giver.

2. Taking time for yourself

Making time for your own learning is also about making time for yourself. A survey by the popular forum, Mumsnet, revealed that what mums really want for Mother’s Day is a bit of quality time on their own!

Studying is one way of ensuring that you have to make time for yourself. Doing it online makes it flexible and helps you squeeze your self-study into smaller time-slots.

“One of the major selling points of online learning for me is that I can fit it in around other things without the need to be in a certain place at a certain time. I work part-time, have children in a separate school and nursery….sometimes I even do house work!” Claire Hall, mother and author of Tinbox Traveller

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3. Leading by example

Many children struggle to see learning as an enjoyable activity or to see why they have to do it. Persuading your children of the need to do their homework is going to be a lot easier if you are doing yours too.

When your children see you enjoying learning and celebrating your achievements, they are more likely to see their own education in a more positive light.

Laura from littlestuff.co.uk  talks about her achievement moment, speaking French while out with her family at a restaurant in France:
“My French was just about good enough for a stilted, halting conversation, chatting about how long we were in the area, the fact that our children are home educated, that we had visited years before… nothing remarkable, but I was SO proud of the fact I had managed to be understood and hold up the conversation”

4. Learning together

Learning a language is a great opportunity for learning with your children and growing together. Word games, reading exercises and exploring places and cultures, all make excellent family activities. Make language learning part of your family holiday plans. Make language learning part of your daily family life!

Emma Martin, mother of two, who moved from England to Cyprus, knows that to support your child with a new language, it helps to study the language, too: “They see you are trying too and it helps them realise how well they are doing rather than only ever comparing themselves to native speakers and feeling behind.”

How Rosetta Stone works for busy mums

“Rosetta Stone’s lessons take between five minutes and half an hour to complete. So I can dip in whenever I have some spare time. It also feels very rewarding to see the lessons ticked off on my screen and feel I’m making steady progress.” Claire Hall, mother and author of Tinbox Traveller

The Rosetta Stone self-study curriculum is divided into bite-sized chunks of learning that you can dip into whenever you have a window of time. Even our online tutor sessions can be booked at different slots during the week, so you can find one to suit your schedule. The service is accessible on desktop or mobile, so you really can learn anywhere and anytime….

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About the Author Simon Goodall

Language learner, teacher and contributing author to the Rosetta Stone magazine

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