Juggling school and a baby

Kayla - posted on 12/04/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Are there any moms in school trying to find a balance between schoolwork and baby? I'm currently enrolled in a two year college and plan on getting my bachelors degree in Special Education. I am fortunate enough to have the support of my family and I am planning on going back to school full time in the spring. As of now, I'm only taking two classes. I went back to school when my son was only three weeks old...I don't want to fall behind in my studies for his sake, but I also don't want to take on too much. It's just frustrating because I want the absolute best for my baby, but don't want to compromise all of my time and energy either! Can anyone relate/have similar issues?

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Tammy - posted on 12/04/2010

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I'm 21 now, I had my son when I was 18. I started studying again when my son was 8 months old. I have just finished my 2nd year and have 2 more to go to get my Bachelor of Teaching. Like you I have the support of my family, and to be honest I don't think I could do it without them, I'm still living with my mum so I can do it, she moved away from the city I was in for a while and I couldn't handle it, so I moved to her again. It will be stressful, but think of the end result, and just keep telling yourself you are doing this for your baby (and you). As long as you have the support around you, you will be fine. With him being so young it will probably be a bit harder for you (I have a friend who had a baby half way through the uni year, she found it quite tough for the first few months), everything will work out to be better and easier for you the older he gets, but that just happens in life. Keep your head up, maybe write a list of your reasons for doing this and stick it on your mirror or something and every time you have a doubt about it, look at the list and you will remember why you are doing it (or even at a photo of your baby).

Hope this has helped you a bit, sorry if it hasn't =)

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Zuliam - posted on 12/13/2010

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Im enrolled as a full time student and i have a daughter (thats already crawling). It is a bit difficult taking 4 classes and taking care of child especially when they begin to crawl and become mobile. With four classes you get alot more homework especially essays depending on the classes you take, but if you think you can have someone take care of your son while you do homework or hes not too fussy or difficult to care for while you do homework youll be alright and youll be able to do everything you need to get done. Dont give up though it may feel like alot,but its all worth it in the end (to give yourself and your son better) and it may even become inspiration for him through hard times when hes your age.

Allie - posted on 12/13/2010

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I'm 18 now...I graduated high school in May and had my daughter in June. When she was 7 weeks old, I started at the 2 year Junior College...going at it full-time. I went to school MWF from 9am-12...plus I took 2 online classes...like you, I am very fortunate to have support from family. My grandparents would watch her on Mondays, and a family friend would babysit on Wednesdays and Fridays. I was able to get my online class work done while my daughter took her naps. I'm going at it again full-time in the spring...I just had to space my classes out and get it to where I would have a sitter and be able to spend time with my daughter too. You can do it:) just remember, you HAVE to get a good education in order to be able to provide for your child in the future:) it'll all pay off...just takes time. and yes, it's very very exhausting, but will be well worth it in the end.

User - posted on 12/13/2010

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Im a full time student and i consider myself a single mother. I do have a boyfriend but he only is able to visit me and his daughter once a week. Its extremely difficult being a parent and a full time student and soon ill have to start finding work again, but you just need to remember that the more you accomplish now the more youll be able to provide and do independantly as your child is growing. Your son wont remember this time, and its sad not to spend as much time with him as youd like, but better now than when hes older and can recall mommy being gone alot. just work your butt off while you stilll have the support of your family!

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I was in school already and i was trying to get as much done graduate early i didnt want to fall behind cuz then that would just be more time taken away from her. i went back to school two weeks after i had her and then graduated two n a half months later at first i went back slowly but tne i sacrificed and was at school alot i missed her and it was hard but so worth it i graduated early and now i can take time and be a SAHM for a bit and enjoy every moment with her. However i dont kno how much time u have left of school. If u just started and u still have two years left then i really wont take to much time away from the baby go back but i would just go part time you will still graduate but u wont be sacrificing all the time away from baby. u kno whats right u do whats best for u and bebe

Aleyshia - posted on 12/10/2010

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Yes i am. I am 18 yrs old wit a two month son adn it is very hard. But i have my family to support me

Destiny - posted on 12/10/2010

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i went back to school a week after having my daughter. Its hard in im still in highschool

Christyna - posted on 12/09/2010

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i am also going to school and am also fortunate enough to have my family to watch my daughter while i go to class. whatever you do dont give up and dont stop going for a while because its harder to go back. i had my daughter in august of 2009 and graduated in may of 2010 and decided i would hold off on college for a bit. i am just now getting back into college and i have already forgotten sssooo much i have to retake classes i had in highschool...

Sarh - posted on 12/06/2010

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I am 21 w/an almost 6 month old baby boy and an almost 5yr old daughter. I had my daughter at the age of 16. I graduated high school at 17 and immediately went onto college. I as well thankfully had the support and help from my family. I was 17, working 2 jobs (on opposites sides of town! 30minute drive from one another) and going to college full-time! My daughter went to daycare when I was working at one job (was an 8-5 job), then I would pick her up, get dinner, take her to my mom's, she would watch her while I was going to school, and the nights I didn't have school I worked at my other job. It all seemed never ending! I spent as much time w/her as possibly while I had off of both school and work on the weekends, unless I had to work at my night job. It is very stressful, but I managed. I was doing it all on my own aside from the help w/my mom. When you go back fulltime it will just sort of come to you as to how to handle it all.

Ambyr - posted on 12/05/2010

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I was in grade 10 when I dropped out. I had my first baby when I should have been in gr 12. Now that I have two kids I decided I should do something with myself for my kids. I am upgrading my gr 12 right now plus studying for certain classes i will be taking in college to be an RN.I study and do most of my school work at night time once they are asleep.

Kelsey - posted on 12/04/2010

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im trying to finish my grade 12 so i can enroll in college in early childhood education i find it pretty hard right now im only able to go to school 3 days a week but luckly i go to a school with a young moms program and if i need to i can bring mi daughter with me to classes

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