Are you a mom who is also going to college? If so, you know this is a challenging time. But it’s by no means impossible! With the tips below, you can successfully balance motherhood and school.
Create a schedule
The first thing to do is identify all your commitments and write them down. There’s something about putting things to paper that really solidifies the to-do list.
Then, try to plan out things you have to do within a timetable. Be realistic, though, or risk burning yourself out.
Even though you may not get to everything within a day, or you have some unexpected things to deal with, the main goal of a schedule is to make things feel less hectic. When you have a visual understanding of everything you have to do, you’ll spend less time thinking about it. The schedule can also assist you in identifying priorities and eliminating the activities that may slow you down.
There’s also the security that comes from having a hardcopy schedule to refer to. Share it with your partner, if you have one, and others who are helping you with tasks. That takes me to the next point on the list.
Get all the help possible
Handling everything on your own will always be tough, no matter what challenge you’re facing in life. If you have a spouse or close family members, always ask them for some more help when you have too much schoolwork.
You might also have friends who are willing to help out by watching your kid for a few hours here and there while you study. All you have to do is ask.
By the way, it’s not a weakness to reach out for help. Instead, it shows that you know your limits. Parenting is a group effort!
Any extra financial help would be great too, right? So, see what’s available.
Some schools may offer discounts or special programs for studying moms. Also, you can try to apply for scholarships or grants.
There are many scholarships for women and even specifically for mothers pursuing their education. Having any type of ease on the financial burden of paying for your education helps as it reduces stress and will you can focus more on what is really important to you.
Use tools designed for college-level
A growing number of tools for students help to ease the workload. For example, there are apps that help you keep track of your classes and assignments. As mentioned earlier, a schedule to refer to is very handy.
Consider adding your professors’ contact info into a spreadsheet too. That way, you can reach out to them if you have questions or need an extension on an assignment.
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There is also a variety of software designed to help with schoolwork. There is everything from advanced spell checkers to study apps that help you memorize faster. You can also use transcriptions tools to verbally write things down, which can free up your hands. Thankfully, there are a lot of choices in this busy time.
Study space will help too
Setting a specific area for studying in your home can help you concentrate rather than forget what you learn. It also creates a separation from your other responsibilities and your schoolwork. When you are in your study area, your goal is to focus on school.
Although you will still encounter interruptions, especially if you have younger kids, try to explain to them when you are in your space they should try not to disrupt you unless it is very important. You can give them an engrossing activity to work on so they are less likely to disturb you. Also, ask your spouse or family member to take on the responsibilities while you are in your study area to ease your load.
Balancing motherhood and school: Take regular breaks
This time can be overwhelming. So, make sure you take time off once in a while to rejuvenate the body and the mind. At the same time, you can reflect on how much you can take on and any areas that might require an adjustment.
The secret to balancing motherhood and school is increasing your efficiency. Find tools that can help you stay organized and deliver quality academic work.
Ask people around you to help with responsibilities, which can free up some space for you to handle other things. You’ll have to prepare to sacrifice some things for the sake of pursuing your academics, as well as balancing that with your family and personal demands, and hopefully, these tips make things a little easier for you.
6 thoughts on “How to balance motherhood and school”
I’m sharing this with my daughter, Christy. She’s going back to school in the fall. Of course my husband and I will help with her son, but she needs to read your list for other tips. Thanks!
All the best to your daughter, Linda! Thank you for the share xx
This is definitely the harder way to get a degree, Christy, but these are helpful tips if it ends up that way.
Thank you for appreciating the content here, Robbie x
Thank you, Christy, for sharing advice on how to balance motherhood with school. I was in this situation after the birth of my second child and started a degree program in the late 1970’s. I had to jumble a lot of activities but fortunately had the help of my husband who took care of childcare and housework. Hope you have a fantastic week!
Dear Linnea, you are strong, positive in spirit, and talented – Keep reaching and achieving!!