Studying as a Mum
Being a stay-at-home Mum is a full-time job, but that doesn’t mean you have to forget the idea of studying for a future career all together.
Here’s how you can fit it all in, balancing study and children…
If you’re thinking about that first step back into the workforce after mummy duties are done, you can definitely consider embarking on an online course while the pups are still tiny.
Looking after young children is a time-consuming – albeit extremely rewarding – thing to do. Between regular feeds and the school run, plenty of new parents feel like they don’t get a moment to themselves.
However, with a little careful planning, it’s perfectly possible to squeeze in study time in order to follow your passion and gain a qualification so that when little Billy and Jemima are old enough, you can jump back into the workforce with a vengeance.
If you’re a first-time mum or a new mum, you’ll have a little bit of an advantage, i.e. either only one little one to occupy your time, or lots of regular nap times to make the most of.
The beauty of online study is that it’s entirely flexible – whenever you’ve got 10 minutes to spare here or 20 minutes there, you can log in and read through the next assignment, watch a tutorial video or work on that skill set.
Top times for the life of a student mother:
- The school pick-up – the wait at the school gates can sometimes be lengthy (especially if getting there early is crucial for securing a nearby spot). Instead of making small talk with the other mums, sign in and continue your studies while you wait!
- When the kids are asleep – whether they’re teeny, toddling or teens, all youngsters have to sleep, and that’s the perfect time to grab some precious mum studying time, whether during the day or at night.
- Weekends – all those weekend activities can offer some great chances to get your head down: swimming classes, trips out with Grandma and birthday parties are all opportunities for you.
And if you’re studying for a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can even practise the practical components of your course during playtime with your own offspring!