Mummy says…When we think about starting a family, we usually think of all the things that we have to give up. For instance, you might find yourself with less time to spend with your partner or less time to go out and have fun with your friends. These are common valid reasons to delay starting a family for some, but it doesn’t mean that you have to give up everything…
If you find yourself wanting to start a family then you might be worried about your education or training. You might even be scared that your career could end because of it. After all, taking a year-long break from your work isn’t exactly great for the company you work for, especially if you’re in an important role. So to help you out, we’ve put together some of tips when juggling parenting and studying…
Schedule Your Day
Make time for your study commitments. Look at your day and plan out a schedule. Make sure you stick to it instead of just treating it as a guideline. The idea is to always have a static plan that you follow so that you always know what you should be doing next, thus saving you time and preventing you from procrastinating.
Respect Your Family Commitments
Don’t neglect your family commitments when you want to continue studying after having a family. Even as a stay-at-home mom you will have responsibilities that need be taken care of and these need to be added to your schedule too.
Get Help From Others
To help you meet those commitments, you can always rely on people for help. Whether it’s hiring a babysitter to take care of the children for a while or asking your fellow students for help, there are plenty of ways to get a bit of assistance so that juggling parenting and studying can be made easier.
Consider Online Study
A popular option that many people have decided to take is to study online. You could get everything from a Masters of School Counseling to studying a course that will help you start your own business. There is so much information online that you probably won’t even need to visit a traditional school anymore. There are plenty of online communities dedicated to online learning, and also professional university courses to choose from.
Create a Study Environment
To stay productive at home it’s important that you create a study environment. This means that you need to either have your own corner of the house that you designate as your “quiet area” or you need an actual study to help you focus. Locking yourself away from the rest of the family is crucial because if you don’t, you’ll just be distracted. If you prefer, you could always study at a library, at your campus or even in a coffee shop.
Starting a family doesn’t mean that you need to give up an academic life, I hope these tips help you focus your time and efforts to get the best of both worlds.