Tuesday, March 16, 2010

3 Pitfalls to Be Aware of When You’re a Student Mom

*** This is a guest post- I am posting it because I totally agree!! ***

3 Pitfalls to Be Aware of When You’re a Student Mom

When you’re balancing two of the most difficult jobs in the world – being a mom as well as a student – you’re bound to find the going tough. But because you’re determined to plod on, you try your best to be a good mother and an equally good student. There will be times when you slip up, but if you’re aware of the pitfalls that line the path, you’re likely to find the going easier. So if you’re a student mom who’s juggling your home, your little ones and your education, here are a few pitfalls that you must be wary of:

The food trap: Most student moms are guilty of this one – you’re stressed out by lessons and assignments on one side and running behind your kids on the other. So you tend to turn to food for comfort and as a way to de-stress. You also begin to neglect your personal health, and with the extra calories you consume in the form of ice cream and pizzas, your weight begins to shoot up. The solution to this problem is to be aware of what you eat and not use food as a comfort mechanism. Find other ways to relax – exercise usually works wonders in boosting your mental and physical health.

The procrastination trap: The trouble with assignments and preparing for exams is that they usually come with a deadline. And just when you think that you have all the time in the world, they sneak up on you and you find yourself burning the midnight oil to catch up. But with kids around, you can never be too sure that last-minute preparations are going to be possible, so you may end up failing to submit your assignment on time or even failing your exam. The key to being a successful student mom is to use your free time to complete your assignments and prepare a little for your exams. Yes, they may be a few months away, but when you study a little every day, you don’t have to cram at the end.

The neglect trap: Some moms get so caught up in their student life that they end up neglecting their families in their pursuit of an education. While your kids and spouse may understand this attitude, it’s up to you to ensure that you don’t go overboard on one side while neglecting the other. You’re both a mom and a student, so don’t neglect your kids for your lessons or vice versa. It’s best to coordinate your schedule with that of your kids – study when they’re at school or doing their homework and make sure that your free time and theirs coincide. This way, you get the best of both worlds.
This guest post is contributed by Amy S. Cook, who writes on the topic of LVN to RN Amy welcomes your comments at her email id: amy11s.cook@gmail.com .

1 comment:

  1. i would be the procrastinator...and as for the food slacking issue...it more towards the whole supper cooking thing..take out anyone mom is busy...lol sad i know