Studying with a baby?

Holly - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I know a lot of mothers work with a young baby. My son will be ten months old on the 31st of this month and I am thinking of enrolling in a fashion design correspondence course which could be a little intensive. I am a stay at home mother and he stays home with me. Do you know of anyone who managed to be a mother at home while studying from home?

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Wendy - posted on 01/17/2009

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If you want it, you can do it!  I graduated in Dec 2005 with honors while raising 3 girls, working FULL TIME, and my husband was driving a truck (never home).  I worked 40 hours a week at a parts store, took 4 to 5 classes per semester, add to that homework for my two oldest children, which were in middle school and high school, and a baby too.  It was very hard.  I had a routine that worked.  Most of my study time was at night when the kids were in bed.  Never waste a free moment to study.  I wore out a bedside lamp and index cards!  YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Danelle - posted on 01/18/2009

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I did. I have an almost 14 mo and I just graduate with my B.S in December. It is challenging but totally worth it. I studied during naps and when she went to bed. Good Luck!

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Shawna - posted on 01/18/2009

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I go to school full time and have alot of homework in the evenings. I bet u'll love getting out of the house for school but it is hard to find time to do homework.The best advice I have is maybe use a playpen or when he's napping get work done then.

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You can do it. You have to set a schedule and not procrastinate. The laundry can sometimes wait.



Find ways to study by using flash cards that you take everywhere. Study them while you are waiting at a traffic light, in line, waiting for appointments, etc.



You will find that you can accomplish so much more in less time than if you never had a kid because you have no choice but to just do it and get it done. Good Luck!!

Holly - posted on 01/17/2009

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Thanks so much girls. Very encouraging. I will do it, just wondered if it's possible and now I know it is. :D

Kathy - posted on 01/17/2009

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The other moms are right, it is time consuming and hard work but if you are up too it then go ahead and do it. with my last pregnancy I started to prepare for BA in social working. I have been able to work on it when my girls are sleeping. But I think that if you have an option the web based from would be easier, I took the paper format and found it hard to be mailing things to the teachers. If your ready and your heart is set on it then take the course that you want. I am still doing it and find that when the baby sleeps then I do the work, I dont know what I am gonna do when she doesnt want to nap anymore :S but I will cross that road when I get there Good Luck

Cazz - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi there,i was halfway thru a (part time)law degree with the open university when i had my son-he was even born on the day of my exam that year,and was pregnant with my daughter when i sat my finals-she was born on my graduation day!its not easy,but if you really wanna do it you will find the time.its really good to engage the brain in something other than babies.



good luck!

Tiffinie - posted on 01/17/2009

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I have two kids and went to school full time and worked.  The only thing that you have to do is manage your time and stick to the schedule that you set out for yourself.  It gets tiring, but it will be well worth it. 

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