Monday, December 3, 2012
Are SAHM wasting their education?
Our daughter felt very lead to go to a private Christian college after high school. The price tag on a Christian college as oppose to a state college is very, very different. We are a larger family on only one income so that helped with FAFSA, but it is still spendy, as they say up here in these parts.
As we looked at this, and as I think I know my daughter’s heart, I am pretty sure she will not make a huge income, if any, after she graduates. Her major is Youth and Family Ministry, and we all know ministry is not a financially profitable field of employment, rewarding in so many other ways but not financially.
Will she be a stay at home mom? I don’t know. Will she ever make as money as she put into this education? Again, I don’t know.
What I do know is that knowledge is never a waste of money. The experiences gained are not a waste of money.
The knowledge and experience gained from an education may not bring in an income if you choose to be a SAHM but it is not at all a waste. You are equipping yourself for a life of raising your children and running your home.
Can you raise children and manage a home without a degree, of course. I have done it and you still can, but the next generation is very different than mine and it will be a great benefit to your family if you have gained that educational experience, plus it is not a bad place to find a spouse if you have no prospects.
I do want to say that going back to school once you have had children needs to be handled very carefully as not to effect your goals of being a godly wife and mother.
I want to encourage mothers who have earned their degree to stay true to the convictions they have, to stay home with your children either part time or full time. If using your education to raise your children is considered a waste by others, they may need to take a look at what they deem as important to them.
Follow God’s leading not the world’s.