Are you a busy mom considering going back to school, but the idea of it all overwhelms you! Read these Tips for Moms Going Back to School to help you on your new adventures!
After high school, I just knew that I was going to go to college. I watched all of my siblings graduate from college and I never questioned the idea of going to a good college. I knew it was what I was supposed to do. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and was able to teach second grade for three years before I became a stay-at-home mom.
I’m thankful to have a college degree. I know that it’s not easy for everyone to go to college. The cost of college tuition is on the rise and many students are forced to take out student loans to pay for school. I was grateful to have parents that were willing to pay for our college education so that we could get a quality education.
My husband also went to a four year college. After graduating, he wanted to continue his education. He knew that continuing his education would be important if he wanted to get promoted.
Now that I’ve seen my husband successfully continue his education, I’ve been thinking about it as well. However, I’m a bit nervous about going back to school with such a busy schedule. I have a family to take care of and kids that need my attention. I fear having to put more time, energy, and effort into studying, but I think that I can find the time in my schedule to devote to studying and completing my coursework.
If you are a mom considering going back to school, here are a few tips for you!
Tips for Moms Going Back to School
You’ll need to stay organized while going back to school. Invest in a large family calendar and write down important dates including meetings, kids activities, and other family commitments. You are going to want to make sure you don’t over schedule yourself, especially when you know your course load may be heavy for that week.
Find a study time that works for you.
You may find that studying is difficult if you have small children around. Find a time that works best for you that will allow you to concentrate on your studying. You may have to wait until the kids take a nap before you are able to study. If you have older children in school, you may be able to study while they are at school or during your lunch break at work. While the kids are doing homework at the table, sit with them and study. It’s also a good time to study after the kids go to bed!
Turn off your devices during study time.
iPhones, tablets, and computers – oh my! Let’s face it, devices can be a huge distraction for you while you are trying to go back to school. Turn devices off if you find that they are distracting you from getting your coursework completed. This will allow you to focus on your studying.
Learn to say no.
If you know that your plate is full and you have limited time to give to others, learn to say no to other commitments. Once you complete your degree, you may be able to add more to your plate and start getting involved again.
Get help from others!
If you are feeling overwhelmed while you are going back to school, you may find that you’ll need extra help from others. This may include childcare, either part time or full time so that you can focus on your degree.
There’s a lot to consider if you plan to go back to school as a mom. Balancing it all can be a challenge, but if you have a plan in place in the beginning, it can help make things easier on you!
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Are you a mom currently going back to school or considering going back to school?