Welcome to the first Meet a Mum post! I am especially excited to start this series with the lovely, delightful Liz Howe. This is her below and this picture really does paint a thousand words.
Liz is an energetic, devoted mother who studies. She is simply amazing…Liz is the mum with the afternoon tea snacks on hand who does craft activities with her kids after school. She really is a woman who is devoted to her family but still manages to pursue her own interests. I am sure you will enjoy reading a little bit more about her!
Tell me about yourself and your family…
My name is Liz and I am a mother of 4 children. Ben 7, Daniel 6, Paige 4 and Zachary 2.
What are you studying at the moment and was there any particular reason why you chose this course?
I am currently studying a Bachelor in Speech Pathology at ECU in Joondalup. I have spent the last few years studying a Diploma in Counselling. I was never quite sure what I would do with this Diploma when I finished, but thought that something “would open up to me” as the time went along. And that it did. My first son had a severe language delay and was suspected of having Autism. This quite rocked my world. I spent many hours in therapies and groups during which time I realised that the parents as well as children needed help with these processes. It is very long and slow and seems quite onerous at times. I realised that I could use the course I was studying to lead into something where I really felt I could help both the children and the families of those who had language and speech issues. It quite excited me that I could potentially do something very practical and yet help people at the same time. My current skill set is as a bookkeeper and so I like to have a resolution to things as well. Knowing this is something that I like also helped me to decide on this course of study as it has definite points where I can see results which is a personal requirement of mine as well.
What are some of the things that motivate you to keep studying?
I have always wanted to ‘still be me’ even though I am a Mum. As much as I love my children, they will continue to grow and have their own lives eventually and I will still want to continue my own growth and fulfilment of happiness.
What are the most challenging aspects?
Finding the time!
What would you say to other mums considering studying?
To find something that you would like to do, whether it be fun, challenging or socially interactive.
I use childcare one day a week while the three older children are in school. I am only attempting one or two units at a time until my children are in full time school.
In what way does your study impact your kids… good/bad?
Both. It has been great in the fact that studying counselling for many years has at times helped me to keep a level head and realise things about families and relationships. This has been extremely beneficial to my family on many levels. On the negative side is that sometimes my mind is on something else when I have a little too much to do and I am getting stressed. Trying to find that middle road is sometimes quite difficult.
Do you have any tips or hints for other mums?
Always remember that you can only do so much. Sometimes that is more and sometimes less. I think sometimes it is nothing at all!! I also think it is ok to take it at a pace that suits yourself. If that is a little bit at a time that is ok. There is no need to have everything done at breakneck speed or to be achieving more than anybody else. Your achievement is your own and you should always be studying for yourself and your own reasons.