Lifelong learning aptly explains by dictionary.com as ‘the provision or use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people’s lives in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfillment’.
Look around you. Are there any moms you know who are constantly learning something new? Do you feel like it’s difficult to embrace lifelong learning once you step into motherhood?
It is actually not the case. Being a mom, in fact, opens up lots of opportunities for us to keep learning every day. You may think you knew well in certain things but not until something pops up that make you want to search for more answers.
This happened to me the first time I went shopping with my hubby to buy diapers. My mom was a babysitter since I was 9. And being the eldest daughter in the family, I helped a lot and received lots of hands-on training from my mom. Needless to say, I thought I knew how to buy diapers, right? What’s so difficult about that anyway?
Those days, every family used cloth diapers at home. Little did I know that there were so many varieties of cloth diapers in the market from the sizes of the diapers to the type of cloth used and even the sewing patterns were supposed to make sense!
So we ended up not buying anything. I went home asked my mom for her opinion and she explained to me what I should be looking for when choosing diapers. See? I was learning in the least expected ways. That was part of lifelong learning, don’t you agree?
My mom even suggested that I sew diapers on my own…haha, no, no, no. That was the last thing I wanted to do. But what if I pursued. I might end up selling handmade diapers and not writing blog posts now 🙂
So moms, learning new skills should be a lifelong agenda same as motherhood. Don’t ever let whatever excuses stop you from continuous learning.
Learning Through Hobbies
Let’s see..why not get started with your hobbies? Cooking, playing tennis, art and craft such as drawing, scrap-booking, beading or whatever that interest you.
These lessons are best known to help release stress. You can further enrich the experience by sharing your hobby with friends. For example, if you’re learning to cook a new dish, share the food with your neighbors or maybe invite a few close mom friends over.
You’ll be amazed how creative moms are when they are coming together with the same interest that’s close to their hearts. You moms can exchange ideas of good food and new recipes while the kids can have a great afternoon playing their little friends. This is also a great way for everyone to relax and enjoy the company in a homely environment.
Many moms stop doing what they love when they step into motherhood thinking it is not convenient to attend lessons when the kids are around. Well, it may not be what you think. I’ve written an article about some great hobbies moms can enjoy with their kids. Hop over to see what I mean.
Besides hobbies, there is also an abundance of courses available to help people enhance soft skills such as communication skills, writing skills, creative thinking or even problem-solving skills.
These are the skills that will give you a competitive edge in the workplace and in life. Employers view soft skills as one of the most crucial skills to have that will set you apart from the rest of the crowd.
If you intend to brush up on your communication skills as well as learning how to increase your confidence level, joining Toastmasters club or any similar meetups in your area would be a great place to start. After all, socializing and networking are important skills you can learn.
But if you prefer e-courses, Udemy and Skillshare are two reputable online learning places worth checking out. Grab something related to your work or any current issues that everyone is concerning about.
Sign up for the e-course and start learning at your own pace. Don’t forget to join their e-learning community to enhance your learning experience.
Reading is another great way to make us smarter. You can broaden your knowledge and enhance understanding on a certain issue even if you’re only reading 30 minutes a day.
A well-informed person appears to be more confident and is able to engage in conversations with ease. Reading as a way to embrace lifelong learning is a great choice as it is flexible. You can read anytime, anywhere.
Alternatively, if you are on the spiritual path, there are many websites and books exclusively cater for this niche. I learn meditation and overcame insomnia from this amazing teacher named Tara Brach. She’s an American psychologist specializing in meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening.
Even though she’s based in the US and obviously I can’t be there to attend her classes but this does not hinder me from learning from her. All this is made possible because of the internet. I can just go online anytime that is convenient for me, even at 3 am in the morning. Help! I can’t sleep…
Well, lifelong learning can be fun, flexible, self-paced and rewarding. There are so many new things to learn every day. Learning opportunities are many for people of all walks of life. All you need is a learning mindset and the motivation to move forward.
It is important to enjoy the learning curves and at the end of the day, whatever you choose to learn can and will ultimately bring positive impact into your life.
Now pick a hobby or an area which you wish to learn or improve on, then start the ball rolling. You’ll be amazed how much you’re capable of learning even though it’s just a casual endeavor. Good luck and keep learning.
Love, Mei N