That first week was ROUGH. I don't know why I expected anything different. Adding 9 credits hours into motherhood was proving to drive me over the edge of what sanity I had left. Tears and phone calls to my mom later I came to the choice that I just had to do school differently. What I learned I hope I can pass on to other moms. So that they too can find some hold and sanity while being both student, wife and mother all at the same time.
3. Include your kids. Lucky for me this was easy because I was studying anatomy. Using paper to trace around the kids and then fill in the body parts like puzzle really helped me. This can be hard but small interactions are going to help you gain more study time.
4. Remember that this effects them too. I forgot. Really I forgot to think that this would be hard from them too.
5. Stick to a schedule. This will help you maximize your time and create a structure for your kids. Knowing that Mom study time is from 8-11 will help you prioritize. I save the afternoon for their preschool time and mom full attention time.
6. Have an Activities for mom study time. Create a tote or bag or laundry basket with things to do while mom studies. This could include movies, puzzles, books, blocks, coloring pages and play dough. Change it up each day so they don't get bored and the activities lose effectiveness. I also put out snacks for those timed quizzes and test where I can't leave the computer.
7. Don't feel guilty. I do. They watch WAY too much tv but they also learned to entertain themselves. I also feel bad when have to remind them that I just can't do something. But I remind myself that we are in this together. We are a team. They have to put forth effort of patience and a willingness to learn and so do I.
8. It doesn't last forever. It might seem like forever but the semesters will fly by and so does childhood. Take the time to enjoy. I know your exhausted. I know your head hurts. Your patience is thin. The dishes are still in the sink and the laundry is piled high. Take comfort in knowing that many have been in your shoes and they have succeed because they kept going.