Finding Balance as a Student and Stay-at-Home Mom

Posted by Chelsea Noel on February 7, 2017 in Lifestyle Online Learning Stress Management Work from Home

 

Motherhood: A Full-Time Job

Today, stay-at-home mothers are few and far between; for most families, it isn’t financially feasible to get by on a single income. Mothers are often caught struggling to wear multiple hats at once; motherhood is a full-time job in itself! In fact, Forbes Magazine estimates if a stay-at-home mom was to be paid in dollars for her daily duties, she would earn just under $117k. But many mothers are finding opportunities to study and work from home; it’s entirely possible to be a stay-at-home mother while still completing a course or financially contributing to your family.

Earning from Home

Finding a job that allows you to work from home may seem like a difficult task. It seems like most work-from-home opportunities are scams. But there are actually a lot of great options that can allow you to build a successful career from the comfort of your home. Working from home will allow you earn an income while still spending time caring for your children. Careers like Medical Transcription offer flexibility, ideal for stay-at-home mothers. There are online programs and courses specifically geared towards accrediting adult learners as certified Medical Transcriptionists. If you think you’ve missed the boat on obtaining an education, you’re wrong.

Learning from Home

There are plenty of online programs that will set you up for a career working from home. We all know that being a student is no easy feat. Between learning and retaining new information, meeting deadlines and staying up late to cram for a test, it seems as though there’s never enough time in the day. Now try throwing motherhood, marriage and working full-time into the mix. Sound impossible? With some careful planning and prioritizing, you can get by. In fact, tons of mothers have successfully graduated from CanScribe’s online courses.

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Think you can’t do it all? Think again. Here are three tips to help you study or work from home as a stay-at-home mom.

  1. Get Organized

Good time management is the key to success; especially for mothers and students. It’s far too easy to put off school work, especially when you have constant interruptions and no set schedule. Create daily and weekly to-do lists and prioritize your tasks.  If you have a regular job and regular weekly hours, figure out when the best time each day would be for you to study. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, plan your study schedule around your kids’ school and activities. Ensure your family is on board with this schedule and set boundaries around your work time to avoid distractions.

  1. Treat Yourself

As a stay-at-home mother also balancing studies and/or work, your days are hectic. Between making lunches, getting the kids ready for bed, and completing assignments, taking time for yourself is probably the last thing on your mind. However, it’s important to schedule a block of time to relax and avoid burnout. Make it a priority to carve out some time to read leisurely or go for a walk outside. Try practicing some yoga, even if it’s just on your living room floor. Taking time for yourself will be sure to reduce stress and perhaps prevent a few grey hairs from sprouting. Supermoms need breaks, too.

  1. Ask for Help

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t feel ashamed to ask for help. Although one of the greatest advantages to studying or working from home as a mother is being able to save on daycare costs, it’s important to recognize when need help balancing it all. You have an assignment due this evening, you need to pick up milk from the grocery store, and your son’s hockey practice starts in an hour. Oh, and you still need to get dinner started. Don’t panic. Ask for help. Having some extra support from older children or your spouse can truly be a lifesaver. Grandparents can be great babysitters when you’re in a pinch. Asking for help isn’t a sign weakness; it takes bravery to reach out when you’re in over your head.

Being a mother, student and employee all at the same time isn’t easy. It may seem impossible to keep your sanity but you don’t have to be Wonder Woman to find balance. It is possible to wear multiple hats at once; you’re a Supermom after all.