Well, the kids are back in school and the learning process has commenced. So naturally many Moms and Dads are re-adjusting their schedules once again. For some this means a little more down time. For others, it simply means re-organizing their morning routine to make time to drop off and pick up their kiddos during the mad morning and afternoon rush.

If you find yourself with a little extra time, though--why not go back to "school" yourself? Now I'm not advocating taking college classes necessarily. Although if you want to, you absolutely should--why the heck not? I'm advocating even just a self-educating approach.

So often adults get the vibe they've learned everything they need to know to get by in their day to day lives. That may be true. However, I have found that many of the coolest things I ever done and most of the new innovative ideas I have ever had have come from expanding my circle of knowledge. But don't take my word for it. Many of the most successful people you can think of include ongoing learning as one of the very highest priorities.

This could be a simple as reading a book about a subject with which you're not familiar but would like to learn more about. Maybe this is a great time to take up a new hobby or join a public speaking group to overcome your fear. Maybe you could take that concealed carry class or learn a foreign language. Just the process of learning something new can expand your mind in ways you can't even imagine--not just in what you're learning specifically but across the board.

The Muse offers some interesting perspectives on continuing learning and practical ways to implement learning into your daily life.

Who knows what you'll discover about yourself or what gifts you may find you've had all along that just needed a little bit of nurturing?