Single Mom going back to work and school soon, need advice.

Sha'ron - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I currently have a 8 week old beautiful baby girl and in May I will be returning to work and Loyola University of Chicago. She will be 5 months by then and I need advice on how to create a new schedule. I use to go to school full time and work full time, meaning I went to school and work everyday but I know its not possible with such a young baby. And advice on how I can balance school and work while still giving her proper amounts of attention?

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Megan - posted on 03/02/2010

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It's a really hard thing to juggle. I'm going to school to be a registered nurse and that alone is difficult to time manage with my 1 yr. old. I make sure that I have my daughter on a pretty regular schedule because it's almost impossible to study and do homework when they're awake. I'm sure you've already learned that they always need their mommy! I would definitely suggest only doing work and school part time because your babies do need you and those two things together will definitely not give you enough time with them. When you get home, it will be time for them to go to sleep so you can do homework. Making a future for your family really is a hard thing.

Vanessa - posted on 02/24/2010

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Its always tough but as long as you stick with it. things will get easier. I am a mom of an almost 8 year old and it takes time and a lot of patience, and if you are strong enough then you will make it through. Don't let anything get you down, just let it help you to be stronger.

Mycahmyckel - posted on 02/22/2010

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My advice to U would be how about taking classes online and maybe getting a part time job. I am married with 2 busy kids that keep me going 24/7. I know with pell grants and loans that I try to budget everything to the penny. And since U have a young baby I would do my homework assignments at nite. Good Luck....

Yamie - posted on 02/22/2010

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Its gonna be straining but its possible.. I go to school and try to schedule my classes around my daughter's schedule. And i work a part time job, scheduled at night when she's fast asleep. Can't do this without help naturally, but I get to take her to school, eat all 3 meals of the day with her, play and cuddle a lot with her. Academic progress is at a less than regular phase at best, but she's well worth it and my baby girl needs me. Don't you worry girl, its just gonna take a lil' getting used to, but in time It'll be like child's play. I know you'll do great! Good Luck ^_^

Sophia - posted on 02/22/2010

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you just have to learn how to jugle both i put my child on a schedule and i go from there good luck and its not to early to put her on a schedule

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2010

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If you havent tried already see how many pell grants you can get (loans that dont have to be paid back) and most student loans are able to be defered until after you graduate school. I am going to medical school as a single mom and i make enough on pell grants and student loans that i dont have to work at all and i have plenty of money each month after everything is paid for. So that would be my first suggestion, that and since i am a full time student, i am also able to get help from the state on my child care, food and my sons medical. Good luck and i hope you are able to balance the things you need.

Mackenzie - posted on 02/18/2010

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Well, I would definitely not advise you to do both full-time with such a young baby, and you obviously need to work enough to pay bills and support you both, so my advice would be to maybe try going part-time with school and see if you can take as many classes online as possible! I have all my classes online right now and it is so helpful because then I can spend lots of time with my little girl and then do my schoolwork when she naps or when she goes to bed each noght:) Good luck! And remember that baby needs you more than you need to get school finished quick:)

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