Being a mom and a student is a constant struggle. With so many priorities to juggle, it can feel like your end goal is impossible to reach. And often, as soon as you sit down to do some work, your child will need you, and their needs must come first. However, the benefits of your study are clear, you have somewhere you want to go, and with that in mind, you will keep battling until you succeed. And what a fantastic role model you will be for your children. After all, children learn by copying your behavior.
But we understand how difficult it can be, which is why we have put together some top tips for student moms.
Set Time Aside
If you are juggling being a mom and a student, then managing your time effectively is the most important thing. It’s essential to be a realist about what you can achieve and what time you have. Trying to study while your children need your attention probably isn’t going to work.
Set out a time each evening once they are in bed, or while you have help from your partner or your family so that you can focus. Completing work that doesn’t represent your abilities because you are distracted will result in a grade that is lower than what you deserve.
But it’s not just being a mum and studying that you need to fit in. You may need to run errands, shop, clean the house, and cook! Here you will find time management tips for busy moms.
Studying for exams is often about memorizing information, which can be difficult when you have so many things to think about. You are always thinking about your child’s needs, as well as your own. You may need to remember doctors’ appointments, school events, family events. It can feel overwhelming. But there are things you can do. Keep organized with a calendar displayed in your house and free up your mind for something related to your study. And when it comes to studying, check out these memory techniques for students which any student of any age can benefit from.
Have a Support Network
Having a good support network around you is essential for any mom, but especially those who are studying. Find other students to study with, even better, other mum-students, people who know precisely what you are going through. Join groups on Facebook and go to meetups. Could you and another mom take it in turns to babysit so the other can study?
Your own family is also an important support network. Do not be afraid to ask for help. You are doing this to improve your life and your child’s life, and your family should want to support you to do that. You’re an independent woman, and you are amazing, but everyone needs a helping hand sometimes.
Make Time for Your Children
Whatever you do, your children still need you. They are not little for long, so make the most of it. You will not get this time back. That might mean taking longer to complete your studies, and that’s ok! You will also need to be prepared if your child becomes sick or needs you, so try not to leave things until the last minute.
About the Author
Lucy Hudson is a lifestyle writer who loves to share her knowledge and tips for savvy parents looking to save themselves time, effort, and money.