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Congratulations! It's a future engineer

-May 08, 2014

Last year around this time, I wrote a blog post headlined “If you’re an engineer, thank your mom” to celebrate Mother’s Day. In it, I discuss how challenging yet rewarding it can be to bring up a future engineer, specifically our little boy who recently turned 4.

This year, my husband and I are double blessed. Last week we welcomed a second little boy into our family. 

Although we are overjoyed, we also find ourselves double busy and wonder how we will keep up with the efforts needed to help our first born and now second born sons embrace a life of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

As I said in last year’s Mother’s Day blog, if you are an engineer, you really should thank your mom. Raising someone who questions everything, is ridiculously smart, and has worlds of opportunities ahead of them because of their talents and skills, is not for the weak.

It requires a specific kind of love, patience, and strength, not to mention shoes in the house at all times to avoid the undeniable pain of stray Legos and Erector Set parts in the arch of your foot. (Seriously, the beginning stages of labor are more pleasant than landing full force on one of those parts.)

Sleep deprived and with my memory shot right now, I truly don’t know how we are going to do it, how we will help steer these two kids toward STEM lives. But we sure are going to try.

Ultimately, it’s their lives and what the hubby and I really want is for them to be happy. But being a thinker and a tinker is what, I believe, makes a lot of people happy at the end of the day. In my opinion, it reveals a life much more fulfilling than many other mindsets can. It surely has for me.

Help me out. What did your parents do for you to help mold you into an engineer? What have you done for your own children?

Comment below with your thoughts. I may not respond immediately -- taking care of a newborn is keeping me pretty busy, after all -- but thank you in advance for your advice. I figure if any group can help me raise smart, STEM kids, it’s the community that comes to and shares on EDN.

And happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of engineers and engineers who are themselves moms out there.

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