Motherhood: How to Time Manage While in School
On March 30, 2017 I became a mother to a sweet, beautiful soul. Time truly does fly by and I still haven’t wrapped my mind around the fact that I will officially be a mother to a one year old. As I begin planning for a one year celebration, I began reflecting on all of the moments when I first found out that I was carrying my beautiful Zara. I started to rethink all of the conversations I had with my family and friends, informing them; all the steps that her father and I took to begin preparing for her arrival.
Shockingly, when informing family and friends of my pregnancy, I received 50/50 reactions. 50% of excitement, encouragement and support. While the other 50% was worried and concerned reactions. I began noticing the high volume of comments that I was receiving that "both school & working full time, with a baby, isn't an option until she gets older". The moment my pregnancy results read positive, I don’t recall ever weighing my options on if I was going to quit school or work but I did know that adding a baby to heavy schedule wasn’t going to be a breeze. Currently I’m a full time student, working a full time job with Zara. Being a mom-student has showed me that an unplanned pregnancy doesn’t mean your life is over. Your plans or dreams aren’t cancelled because a young life is added to the picture.
Here are 5 tips to being able to achieve a heavy schedule while mommy-ing, without going crazy!
1. A Support System is Key!
People want to help. All you have to do it ask. Communicate with your spouse, family & friends about your plans to get their support. Let them know how much this means to you. Allow them help you babysit, carpool or even just some uplifting words of encouragement.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan!
Nothing will be done successfully without a detailed schedule. As silly as you may feel doing it: physically writing out your plans, the time frame you plan to complete them in and all the steps required to complete it, will help you stay focused and determined. Then plan out another schedule weekly, to keep you on track. The schedule should contain your work hours, class times and the set times you plan to study and get things done.
3. Quality Time!
Since we’re on the subject of schedules, don’t forget to set time apart for you and your child. Whether it’s time out going places, eating, playing or bath time. Being a mother comes first.
4. Make Time!
Unfortunately, being a mom-student doesn’t mean that you are excluded from homework. I like to try to get most of my work done while at work on my lunch breaks. (As studious as that sounds, it that doesn’t happen). Staying up late while everyone else is sleeping to get work done can be effective but I have also realized after a long day, I truly just want to sleep. For me, it’s easier to wake up a few hours earlier before everyone else is up to get work done.
To prevent pulling your hair out, always set time apart for yourself. ‘Me-Time’ is very critical to replenish your mind and keep your sanity. Whether it’s going somewhere by yourself, a nap, or a relaxing uninterrupted shower. It can even be a trip to the grocery store by yourself or just a walk, I cannot stress enough how important Me-Time can be!
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Meet The Author
Brandi L Younger is 23 years old. Shes a student, a mother, and a disciple of Christ.