You can read all the baby books and do all the research and ask all the seasoned moms all the questions, but it will be your past experiences (in my opinion) that end up adequately preparing you for motherhood. Like, for example, being on the debate team. Think about those endless hours spent preparing a flawless argument; those nights spent studying reactions and nonverbal communication. It all comes in handy now. Simply put, being on the debate team makes you a great mom for many reasons.
For me, debate team was something I enjoyed and participated in because it just came naturally. I learned a lot during my time on the debate team, most of which I can easily claim has helped me both in the academic world, and in the professional world. After becoming a mom, however, I quickly learned that the skills I learned and developed while on the debate team prepared me to do arguably the most important job of my life: be the best mom I could possibly be, whether that meant dealing with my child in a calm and understanding manner, or dealing with others around me that set a positive example for my daughter.
When you're doing something early on in life, you don't necessarily think about the impact it can have on you later on. However, I think at one point or another, we all look back and think, "Yeah, that one thing completely prepared me for this totally pivotal, exhausting, overwhelming other thing." For me, that point is now, so here are just a few ways that being on a debate team has made me a pretty great mom.