Whilst being a stay at home mom can be stressful and time consuming, those who have a good support network around them can still find time to be productive on an individual level. In fact many of our readers use their time at home to study new skills which they can take into their careers once baby has grown up a bit. We have received messages from inspirational women who are studying to be teachers, vets and even one lady who is working hard to become a motorcycle accidents lawyer. None of this is easy of course, and if you are studying, here are some tips on juggling all of those balls.
Creating a Timetable
One of the most efficient ways for you to make enough time for studying is to make a timetable before the beginning of each week. Identify how many hours of study you need to put in and then work out a schedule with your partner to ensure that you get enough time. Additionally you can reach out to grandparents if they are around, to help out from time to time. Now of course things may go quickly awry, as things do when you have a baby, but the timetable will help you to better cope with such events.
Sleeping or Being Cared For
Never try to study whilst your baby is still awake, this is a big no-no. The reason is that you will not only miss out on precious time with the baby, but you are also going to find yourself incredibly stressed, and unable to take information on board. The rule is that you study when someone else is looking after the baby, or when they are asleep.
Making Time For You
Never try to take on too much here, not every minute spent away from your baby should be dedicated to study, as you have to make sure that you are alright. The more sleep that you get, the healthier that you are and the better you feel, the more effective you are going to be when you do get down to start studying. Too many mothers forget this and the result is always the same — burnout.
It is imperative that you take the support of those who wish to help, in order for you to deliver all that you need to. The reaction of many is that they can take care of everything on their own, and even if this is true, using support is always a great option to give you an extra bit of time each day. There is nothing wrong at all with leaning on those around you so that you can take care of yourself, your baby and your studies. When people offer, they really mean it so don’t be afraid to say yes from time to time.
This is a stressful thing to be doing, but get it right and it can be something which greatly helps you in the future.