Congratulations! You’re a high school graduate, a college student, and now a mom! Being a student mom isn’t easy: you can’t take a day off or sick leave to recover from a sleepless night with a baby. It definitely can be a challenge to juggle school and motherhood, both of which are full time jobs – but it can be done.
You might be interested to see the infographic published by Ivy Panda, “Being a Mom and a Student: 14 Tips That Will Help You Stay Sane.” The infographic lists 14 tips as follows:
- Write things down. It’s easy to forget things and lose track of dates when you’re busy, so keep track of assignments and appointments on a calendar, and refer to it often.
- Don’t overdo multitasking, but do learn to master time management skills.
- Use your time wisely. With literally no time to waste, steer clear of time drainers like watching TV and use every free minute to do homework or housework.
- Embrace the chaos. All you have to do is relax and try to enjoy the spontaneity.
- Set your priorities right, as you can’t be everywhere and do everything at the same time.
- Automate household chores. Now’s the time to use the dishwasher instead of hand washing, and invest in a Roomba Vacuum and Instant Pot if you don’t already have one.
- Delegate tasks. The new grandparents would probably love to watch the baby while you study!
- Organize your study space. The minimum study-at-home kit is a tidy corner, table, laptop, and a “don’t disturb” sign.
- Do your best while on campus. Stack as many classes as possible into several days to have more days off. Studying in the library between classes will take you less time and effort than while you are at home with a baby.
- Choose subjects practically. If you can select fewer or less time-consuming subjects, do so.
- Think of your health. Don’t skip meals or grab fast foods to save time, as that won’t provide the healthy energy you need. Eat well and drink plenty of water.
- Find time for yourself, even if it’s just a half hour here and there whenever you can fit it in.
- Learn to say no. Make wise choices and say “no” to the things you can skip.
- Be kind to yourself. Having a purpose brings happiness. But if getting a degree is not as important as being a full-time mom, it may be time to rethink your reasons for studying.
Here’s the infographic:
The above infographic is part of a longer piece titled “14 Tips for a Student Mom: Ways to Study Successfully & Stay Sane.” This article covers strategies for helping student mothers stay mentally well while combining parenting and studies. Here’s the link: https://ivypanda.com/blog/tips-for-a-student-mom
Have any tips to share with other student moms reading this article? You are welcome to do so in the comments below.