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Role Model: 4 Tips for Finishing College as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Times are changing. Adults are dealing with issues that past generations did not have to deal with, which could explain why more adults are going back to college. Some of the people going back to school are stay-at-home parents. This does not stop them from accomplishing their goals. Granted, a stay-at-home parent is going to face different challenges, so consider the four following tips.

Scheduling Is Vital

You probably enlisted help from your husband, family, or friends. They can take on childcare duties from time to time, but that is not enough. Stay-at-home moms really have to pay attention to their children’s sleep schedule. Making sure that your kids take naps and go to sleep at the right time should give you enough time to study or work.

Some things are going to happen that are out of your control, so you have to remain flexible, but the point is to try. Doing this should help everyone in your household understand that mommy is working. Showing just how passionate you are about this can help your children understand why they should cooperate.

Drop-off the Children

Another great way to make time for your school work at a college like California College San Diego is to find things like clubs or after school programs that your children can participate in. Take your time finding the right programs or clubs so that you find ones that suit your children. Focus on each child’s favorite hobby or subject at school to figure out where to send them.

Finding activities for your children minimizes the number of times you have to find a babysitter. You can also talk to your children to see what they would like to do while they are away from home for additional ideas.

Cook Bulky Foods

Those who have to cook may need to change the way you cook. A meal can take up to two hours to complete, and that takes up time. You can order in or purchase food that is already prepared, but this usually means sacrificing the quality of food that you normally eat. All you have to do is make a few changes so that you reduce the amount of time you spend cooking each day.

One of the most effective ways to do this is to focus on making large portions of foods that you can reheat the rest of the week. Try to cook soups, a pot of beans, rice, baked bread, or casseroles at the beginning of the week. You can tweak each of these meals during the week to avoid getting bored, but that should not take too long.

Make Friends

You should try to make friends when you are in class. It might be a little hard for some people to get out of their comfort zone, but this part is important. You never know if you are going to miss a class and need some help to catch up. Making sure you make acquaintances can be good for notes, just in case you miss some information.

Now, it is important that you nurture these relationships rather than just use them. Try to be as helpful as you can to those you meet so that they do not mind being a helping hand from time to time. You should also use your teacher as a source of information, and do not be afraid to say why you need help because it may come up.

It might be a good idea to get advice from other stay-at-home mothers who are trying to do what you are doing. This also gives you an opportunity to let out those thoughts going through your mind, which could help you find peace. Hopefully, some of these tips make things easier for you, too.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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