“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” – Maya Angelou
There’s no doubt about it, being a mother is both difficult and rewarding. It can be especially challenging for mothers that make the decision to continue their education on top of all their other responsibilities. In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to offer some specific tips on how to strike the right balance between scholar and mother.
Embrace planning and organization
Not everyone is a list maker, and for most people that’s okay. Apart from paying bills and planning vacations, intensive planning may not be necessary for everyday life. When you’re a student however, you may find that the more you plan, the more manageable life becomes. Making to-do lists, planning study and reading time, creating a calendar of due dates and including major life events like school plays and birthdays can give you a more complete picture of your obligations.
Reprioritize and delegate
Being successful as a student requires consistent work and dedication. Students must regularly complete assignments, read required material and meet strict deadlines. There are tasks in your life, however, that aren’t necessarily as time-sensitive. Make a list of things that can be reprioritized or delegated to other family members and enlist their help. While this is something many people struggle with, asking for help can help reduce your stress and improve your student experience.
Be patient with yourself
It’s unrealistic to expect that you’ll be able to keep up with everything you normally handle in addition to your new obligations as a student. This is especially important for those returning to school after a long absence. The best thing you can do is be patient with yourself as you transition into life as a student. Forgive a little clutter around the house and look for ways to add efficiency into your life where possible.
Of course, when in doubt, remind yourself why you’re going back to school in the first place. The motivation that drove you to enroll can help you get over the bumps in the road as you work to balance family life and student life.