Being a mother can be one of the most fulfilling roles in a woman’s life, but it is not the only one. Many woman took time away from other aspirations so that they could focus on being a mother, but then when the time was right, jumped to get back in the game. For some women, that once missed opportunity was school. Although diving back into the books, lectures, and papers sounds exciting, it can also be overwhelming when you still have to maintain your life at home. Here are some helpful tips to balance being a mom and being a student:
1. Get everyone involved- Don’t feel like you’re in it alone. You may be the one that’s hitting the books, but you don’t have to be the only one that’s doing the laundry, the cooking, and cleaning. Enlist the entire family’s help.
2. Make a schedule- Planning out your day is going to be more important than ever. You are going to need to make sure that mommy and student roles don’t overlap where they don’t need to. If you have a study group at the same time that you need to pick up your son from practice, some things need to be rearranged before the last minute.
3. Set aside family time- Make sure that you have times when you are just mom and not a student. Take time to give your complete focus to your kids.
4. Be realistic- If you have group assignments or study groups that don’t meet your needs, make it known from the beginning. Many students have something they have to work around, whether it’s a job or kids or extracurricular activities. It’s ok to be honest.
5. Talk to guidance counselors- They have experience and training in dealing with each type of student. If you are struggling to maintain workload, seek assistance. They may be able to help you balance things or suggest you change your class schedule.
Weigh in. Have you had to juggle school and parenthood? If so, what are some things that worked for you?