How do you juggle your time with being a student and raising children?

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Jovanne - posted on 12/13/2008

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I'm a graduate student and tried to finish all my classes before my daughter was born. I had to take a forensic class until I was 7 months pregnant (very hard). All I have left is my research and my thesis. It is going to be hard because I need a lot of time. I tried to work with sitters for a year, but am going to start her in daycare soon. She will be 10 months starting daycare. I'm sad to put her in one, but it is the only way I will finish my research in a reasonable amount of time. I have a lot of help from family with funding.

Jen - posted on 12/11/2008

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This is my 3rd semester with my little one and I have one more left. What I did was the semester after I had her I lightened my load to 2 evening classes and one online class. She was only a month old when the next semester started. She was born the weekend before finals week so I was able to take my finals on time. Anyway while I was in class she went to her grandmother's house because her daddy was working. I had class M-R 4:30-6:15. The semester after that was summer, but I had to take a full load to get back on schedule to graduate on time. I took 2 classes every day from about 9-12 and worked at my on campus job in the music library until 3 and then went and got my daughter from day care. This semester I took 11 hours and marching band. I was on campus from 9 every morning until 6 when practice ended. I would then pick up my daughter at her grandparent's house after they had picked her up from day care and we would have our mommy, daddy, baby time until she goes to bed at 9. Next semester I only have to take 2 classes to graduate. One is a research opportunity 3 mornings a week and the other is a T/R class for an hour and 15 minutes. Then I'll work 4 days a week (we only get 10 hours) and then I'll either get her from day care or my in-laws depending on what day it is.

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Kimberly - posted on 12/12/2013

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Oh my goodness! I just stumbled upon this, and had forgotten all about writing it! I enjoyed reading all of your comments! I've been graduated for about two years now, and reading my initial post, brings back some chaotic memories! HA! I'm so glad it's over, and I can enjoy just being instead of school hanging over my head all of the time!
School is hard, but it's worth the effort :)

Anymom - posted on 11/02/2013

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Time management! I'm in the army and that's means I usually have a 12 hour day, and I'm currently taking a full load online. I only have 5 quarters left until I graduate. After an exhausting day at work I pick my little one from daycare. At night I try to get in as much studying as I can get in after I put him down to sleep. But that is usually a struggle as he fights me to go to bed! So that means homework and studying is usually a morning thing on the weekends, and at nap time and later at night. I wish I could say my husband helps out, but he works a mid shift and takes classes in the am, and usually has to work weekends. I think the only thing that keeps us chugging through is knowing that we have to provide a better life for our kids.

Trelanie - posted on 03/10/2012

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Currently, i am taking a class to get certified mon-friday from 5-9pm but luckily its only for 5 weeks soo it wont be that bad. However, come the summer i will be in class every day expect fridays taking organic chemistry 1 and 2 (pray for me lol) and then in the fall i will be staring my masters program which will consist of 3 classes, however, i plan on taking at least 2 of them online. Im also trying to incorporate working part-time into my fall schedule but dont wanna overwhelm myself because ive heard graduate school is no joke lol i plan on having my daughter in daycare by then soo i can at least study and do other assignments during the day while she is there which will make life a little easier for me. i stress easily and def. dont wanna overstress myself but my child comes first and i dont have a choice but to make a better life for us both! um all she has, her only backbone :)

Tiffany - posted on 12/28/2011

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Actually I haven't had a problem yet with not having time, and I kinda have it easy with my mom watching him for free. :) I had two classes twice a week my first semester but this next one I'll be having school everyday of the week except friday. I'm thinking about changing my major though. I really got to applaud moms and dads who go to school, work and take care of their children, especially if they're single parenting. I had a temporary job a few months ago and I just couldn't do it.

Tara - posted on 12/26/2011

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taking it slow. I honestly couldn't tell you if it's the best thing for the long run, but being able to have extra time to watch my daughter grow up is worth it. I work part time, school part time, and try to be there as much as I can for my daughter because i feel the best thing a parent can provide is to be there and raise their children, not have other people do it. I take three night classes a week. Homework and studying is done while my daughter sleeps, which means during semesters I don't spend much time out or with friends.

Ash - posted on 12/14/2011

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I took 4 classes on campus this yr and she is in daycare during day. So after classes, I use my sticky notes to do work and remember notes about class, and I work in morning and afternoon. When I get her its bath, eat, and play before bed, and then thats homework time and things i need to do for tomorrow. WHEW!

Priscilla - posted on 11/26/2011

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Create a schedule that works for the entire family. For example, I made sure I got all of my school work done on Sunday, Wednesday, and Fridays. During this time, I would complete research, return emails, complete assignments, respond to discussion questions, etc. This way I was able to devote my attention to my family on the days I am not working on school. School does not have to consume all of your time if you have an organized schedule set in place to follow. Being spontaneous in this area probably will not work. If I needed to do anything (or forgot about anything), I would wait until I put my family down to bed to get it done. A lot of sacrafices with time will have to be made.

Kimberly - posted on 10/31/2011

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I am currently a mother of two. I am also a full time student, taking an 24 credit hour load along with being on my daughter's PTO board and volunteer with her girl scout group, manage the bills, clean the house, pack lunches, dress, bath, help with homework, find time to do my own homework, currently completing 2 field placements as a student teacher (which call for 60 hours and 7 lesson plans each), schedule all family social events, grocery shop, shop in general, feed the babies, put the babies to bed, and everything else that comes with being a mom. I am about to lose my mind, and was wondering if I could share my experience with other mommies. First off, being a student while being a mom, I do experience a lot of guilt doing homework when my children are up. Layla being five and Charlie being one, I actually don't attempt anything (homework) until they're both in bed for the evening. I then complete everything I can until I am so tired that I can't keep my eyes open. I then wake up to pack my daughter's lunch, make breakfast, dress my daughter for school, and make sure anything and everything is completed for her school. I then pack both of them up, and take her to school. Returning home, I then work on my son's education by playing with blicks and puzzles, clean the house, do the laundry, make lunch, and put him down for his nap. I then pack him up, and head off to my daughter's school to pick her up. If I don't have a PTO meeting or a school activity which I have volunteered for, come back home to make both of them a snack. I clean the house again, and start my preparations for dinner. My husband returns home at 5:00pm, where I surve dinner and then clean up after. In the meantime, I have already started the bath tub and begin to bath them after they have finished eating. After bath, I dress both of them in their pajamas and then read for 20 minutes each. Layla requires different reading material than Charlie (only 1 year) so this ends up being almost an hour of reading. I then make my one year old a bottle and put him to bed. I allow my five year to watch one half hour of tv until it is 7:30 (bedtime). After they're both in bed, I then start preparing myself to begin my own homework. I do homework until, again I can't keep my eyes open, and then I crawl into bed. With this being said, it isn't easy being a mom, and especially not easy being a full time student of two children. I am the lucky one though, because I don't have to work. Although I feel like a single mom most of the time, my husband is gone the same amount of time working hard so that I can stay home and focus only on my babies and school. Although juggling school and children (all that these chores entail) I have to remind myself that it is all for the greater good and that I can do it if I just take one day at a time.

Catherine - posted on 12/12/2008

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I do about the same. I am a student 4 days out of the week and work 4 days out of the week. I have one 4 year old boy and a husband to be. I load up 2 days out of the week, on those days my fiance takes over the house stuff. On the other 3 I have a lighter load, where I take care of stuff. Then I make sure that my fiance is availbe on the weekends so that I can do my homework for the following week.

Eliza - posted on 12/07/2008

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I do like Stephanie.

I clump my classes into certain days and also I take some online classes. I am not having to work this semester, but normally I would try to take a night class so that I could come home from work and always eat dinner with my kids before going to class. Eating with them every night is special and it creates a really nice quality experience.

Stephanie - posted on 12/06/2008

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I clump a majority of my classes on 3 days a week then on the other days have early classes before my son wakes up, and only work 10-15 hours a week, That leaves me basically 4 whole days a week with my son, then the other 3 nights too. I have a job where I am able to do any of my homework/studying which makes life easier.

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