student mom work lifeImagine for a moment that you are standing smack dab in the middle of a tight rope.  One one side of the tight rope is your family and on the other side is your college professors, career etc. Usually, a tightrope walker’s goal is to make it from one end to the other without falling.  But let’s look at this analogy in a different light.

As you imagine that you are in the middle of the tight rope, your goal is to stay balanced in the middle (between your family and school/career). If you begin walking closer to the side that represents school and your career and you begin falling into that ring, you are neglecting your family duties.  If you are walking closer to the side that represents your family and begin falling into their ring, you are neglecting your studies, and career duties etc. Both sides are so very important, how do you choose one over the other?  Well, when it comes  family, school, and your career , you basically have to keep a good balance so that both sides are getting the attention they deserve in order to be successful and happy.  How do you do this?  Here are some tips that I found helpful while keeping balance between family and school life:

1. Use a calendar.

In order to keep track of family appointments and school appointments etc. a calendar or some sort of date book, etc. may be helpful to keep things running smooth and organized.  (I use a a magnet calendar, perfect for staying put on the fridge). Putting it where you can see it at all times is highly suggested.

2. Don’t be afraid to say no.

Children love being a part of extracurricular activities and events and this is great.  But don’t run yourself ragged saying yes to every event and activity that comes along.  Allow one to two activities per child and adult.  Over scheduling will stress you and your family out and you will begin to fall behind in your studies, etc.

3. Be careful of too many classes.

It’s natural to want to move ahead quickly to earning your college degree but taking on too many classes will cause burn out, low grades, and an unhappy family.  Like that saying goes “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

4. Schedule family time.

Try scheduling, if possible, sit-down dinners as a family two to three nights a week. If this isn’t possible in your family schedule, try scheduling family outings or family game nights a couple nights a week.

How do you keep a healthy balance while raising a family,going to school, and having a career (if applicable)? If not yet in school but considering, how will you plan to keep a balance between your family, school, and career? Tell us in the comments below!

One comment on “The College Mom Balancing Act: 4 Tips to Balance School, Career, and Family

  • Recently I attended a convention for women that discussed balance and learning to say “no” is really challenging for a lot of women. The speaker said that as a rule, she says no 80% of the time. If it doesn’t feel right, say no.

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