Many mothers postpone pursuing their degree to take care of their children. Those who against all the odds decide to register for their degree have a hard time balancing work, parenting, and education. One reason why some choose to study after their kids are grown is that they feel guilty for not spending enough time with their family.
Can you work, pursue your degree, and spend enough time with your kids at the same time? Yes, you can balance all aspects of your life depending on your strategy. Here are some tips to help you achieve this balance.
1. Have a Realistic Plan
The possibility of handling your responsibilities without failing in one area depends on your plan. Be realistic about the amount of time you have each day for all of your responsibilities. Some mothers make the mistake of putting too much pressure on themselves while trying to finish their degree faster.
Take advantage of the flexible study schedule that online MALS programs offer. Register for the most flexible online schedule, even if it means studying for a longer period.
2. Be Organized
Organizational skills are crucial if you want to have an easier time studying and parenting. Organize your study room and put materials for each course together. Have a study timetable that includes all your subjects and assignments.
Organize the meals for a week and shop for everything at once instead of running to the store daily. Create a to-do list for the following day before you go to bed and avoid postponing any task. Review the list daily to ensure that you do not neglect any responsibility.
3. Talk to your Employer
Many mothers register for their online master in liberal studies secretly. Even if you are studying online, do not shy away from talking to your employer about it. Your employer may give you a better work schedule that gives you enough time to study. Many employers understand the struggle of balancing work, family, and school. They are willing to allow their employees to study because the knowledge will improve their performance and efficiency at work.
4. Involve your Family
Your family is the best support system you can get when pursuing your degree. Your spouse and older kids can help you take care of the younger ones as you study. Talk to your kids about your studies and involve them. For instance, you can study while they do their homework.
You can also give them interesting books to read while you study. Talk to your parents and friends about watching your kids for some hours as you study as well.
Pursuing your degree while parenting and working is easier than you think if you use the right strategy. Be realistic about the tasks you can handle in a day and work with a plan. Involve your family in your schedule and ask for help.
The truth is that you cannot handle everything on your own. Your friends and family are willing to help you achieve your goals if you just ask. Take advantage of online programs and their flexible study schedules. With these tips in mind, you do not have to wait another year to register for your degree program.
Disclaimer: This post was provided by Maggie Hammond, a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.