Parents: Here’s How to Balance Parenting With Your Studies

Parents: Here’s How to Balance Parenting With Your Studies
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    As much as most people would like to finish college before settling down in marriage, things don't work that way all the time.

    Sometimes the unplanned happens, and you have to assume the responsibilities of parenthood as you study.

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The same case applies to parents who wish to continue with their studies. However, this is not an easy journey as many hurdles lie on the way. How then do you balance parenting and studying?

Set your priorities

You have to be clear on the various positions held by different areas of your life. We all know that college life is made up of lots of fun; going out clubbing and the like. But then it’s time to remind yourself that it’s no longer the same for you as you have a little one(s) depending on you and courses you cannot afford to fail.

Once you have this settled, you will know when to say no to specific invites and focus on more important stuff. After all, you already have enough on your plate.

Keep your circle of friends small

Not everyone you used to get along with before parenting came into the picture understands the essence of self-sacrifice. Some will only frustrate you with unrealistic demands. Choose to focus on the few that truly understand your situation. Those are the people you can count on to motivate you when the going gets tough. Parenting comes with maturity, and you have to demonstrate the same.

Follow a strict time management system

With parenting and studying., you will realize time flies very fast. Therefore, you need to come up with a time management mechanism that will help you balance everything. Set time aside for your family just the same way you do for your studies. Don’t let either of the two get into the other’s timeline unless for emergencies.

Get yourself a reliability partner

No matter how much you trust you have for yourself, it is essential to have a reliability partner. This should be someone you trust and most conveniently in the same predicament as you. With this, you will have someone to remind you of your set priorities in case you seem to forget. It gets even better because you can freely discuss issues together without judgment since they fully understand your situation.

Get a household

Maybe you are thinking “why do I even need one when my child is all grown?” Well, they might be grown, but you have an extra responsibility. And if you don’t watch out, those assignments combined with house chores wouldn’t leave you enough time to be with your baby.

To conclude

Studying while parenting shouldn’t be a difficult task. With well time management skills and support from family and friends, you will definitely pull this through. So are you a young parent in college? Or do you have a friend who successfully went through this? Do share your secret!

References:
“https://www.ici.net.au/blog/7-practical-strategies-for-balancing-parenting-and-study/”
“https://www.kbs.edu.au/news-and-events/blog/your-essential-guide-to-managing-study-parenting-balance/”

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