Before you start : A Checklist
This includes regular and emergency care. List all the contact details you need in one place. Don’t forget holiday care programs.
2) Find a place to study.
If this is possible in your house get everything set- up before you start. If not, think of places you can go to get some peace. Research places that offer crèche facilities.
3) Teach your kids to do things for themselves (if they are old enough).
Get them into a routine of making their own breakfasts or putting away laundry, whatever you will find helpful and is age -appropriate.
4) Plan how you will maintain your health.
Commit to exercise regularly.
Eat well and ensure to have healthy, nutritious food on hand and in the house.
5) Think about menu planning.
Arrange your schedule so that you can make your most busy times less stressful by having meals prepared in
6) Plan to treat your study like a job.
This means try to keep regular ‘office’ hours and plan holidays away from it.
7) Work out how to keep up relationships with family and friends.
This might be combined with the plan to exercise –take a weekly walk with a friend for example.
8) Learn everything you need to know about software.
Your university library should be able to assist you with research tools for searching databases for assignments
but make sure you are familiar with Word and other Office programs.
9) Think of when you study best.
If this is in the morning before the kids wake up, plan now to ensure you do this regularly. Otherwise work out
when you are at your most productive and arrange to do the bulk of your work then.
10) How will you stay motivated during the tough times?
Write yourself a letter, remind the future you why you are doing this in the first place. Sounds crazy but trust me, it
helps! Surround yourself with positivity!
This to me is essential.
There is so much negativity around combining motherhood with education. Surround
yourself with the success stories. Have a moan and rant every now and then but afterwards, pull on your big girl
knickers and move on.
Education is a gift and a joy –enjoy it!