back to school mom jitters

So its official, you have decided to further your college education, congratulations!  But, maybe you are just a little apprehensive and find yourself having the back-to-school jitters.  As a mom who has gone back to school in the past, I can honestly say that I did get the jitters.  I got the pre-jitters, post jitters, you name it, I got the jitters.  Why?  Well, being a mom as you know definitely requires a lot more responsibility.  More than I ever thought.  So I guess my jitters were not only associated with worrying about getting outstanding grades; it was also how to prioritize and manage crazy schedules with my husband, kids etc.

How did I overcome those back-to-school jitters? It definitely took a couple of weeks for me to get into smooth and steady routines, but after organizing and prioritizing everything around my schooling, it just became a part of everyday life.  Whether you are taking one, two, or three classes, you will eventually find your mommy groove.

How many classes should you take? Only you as a mom knows the answer to that question — along with how much you can handle.  I was advised to take only two at the most in one semester so that falling behind would not be an option.  I can honestly say that taking two classes worked out for me, though it was still a challenge. I am not going to lie — going back to school while being a mom is a lot of hard work, but it can be done.

I chose to take my courses online. With online classes comes time flexibility which is perfect for moms in my opinion.  When my little ones would take their naps, I would do my schooling — online sessions, studying, etc.  Two hours a day was the magic number for me to be successful in school.  Every mom is different.  What may work for one mom may not work for the next.  I think this is also dependent on how many children you have and if you are a working mom or a stay at home mom.  I currently know a mom of four boys who works full-time and is taking online college courses.  This may sound like a huge load, but it works for her.

Take a deep breath and let it out slowly….. Alleviate your back-to-school jitters by doing what works for you.

So do you have any tips for moms going back to school? By all means, share them below!

5 comments on “Back To School Mom Jitters

  • I’m such a worrier on this topic that even though it is several years down the line, I’m still fretting about how to handle it.
    I wish I could do my chosen degree on-line, but alas it is an in person type. I just hope the school systems don’t phase out the area I want before I get to it!

  • my advice would be to start small, i started with one class a week at my local adult ed centre, as my confidence built i increased classes and became a teacher, i would say ‘ended up being a teacher’ but its never the end you can learn forever

  • 2 things I’ve learned while working and going to school are: #1 Keep your eye on the prize, an education is not only benefiting you but your children as well. #2 Quality vs. Quantity, I feel a lot of guilt about not being able to spend as much time with my kids as I’d like, but I try and make sure that the time we do spend together is the best! One thing for sure is it is EXHAUSTING!! In the end I am sure it’ll all be worth it as I will be able to provide better for my kids. It breaks my heart when I don’t have the money to get them the things they want or to do the things they want. My kids have made me responsible and made me want to do better and be better.

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