5 TIPS FOR GETTING THROUGH COLLEGE WITH KIDS

Hi y'all!

Today we're talking about getting through college with kids, which let is no easy feat let me tell you. (You mamas out there working hard to get your degree while raising little ones know exactly where I'm coming from). Between tests and deadlines and taking care of your little one's needs, there's SO much to think about. 


If you've read my most recent life update post, you'll know that I recently graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. I found out I was pregnant with my first little one January of my freshman year of college at 19 years old, and I had her the fall semester of my sophomore year. So, I spent about four and a half years either pregnant or a mama (or both, like my final year!) I have people ask me all the time how I did it, so I thought I'd share 5 tips with all of y'all that helped me to get through college with kids! Keep reading below to find out what helped me reach my goal and graduate. 

1. Train Yourself to Study Without Silence

This was huge for me once I had my first little one. I've mastered multitasking at this point, and being able to get assignments and studying done while taking care of a child will help you so much. I personally could not wait until Lilah went to sleep at night to get all of my assignments and studying done for the day. By then I was exhausted and ready to lay down and get some rest myself. So, I learned to study, write papers, and do all of my school work while dealing with the daily chaos of being a mama. There was NEVER quiet (unless she was napping), so I learned how to stay focused with noise. That helped SO much, I was able to be more productive while Lilah was up, and had more time to myself for a mental break when she went to bed. 

2. Don't Put Pressure on Yourself to Graduate In Four Years

Keep in mind that it doesn't matter how long it takes you to graduate, or how old you are when you get it done. What matters at the end of the day is that you didn't give up and you finished! I was a 5th year senior, so it took me an extra year to get my degree and that's perfectly fine. I kept going, and didn't take time off. I highly recommend not taking any time off from school when you're trying to finish, it can be hard to get back into it once you stop. Of course there are extenuating circumstances and things out of your control sometimes, but if you can even just go part time, you will reach your goal of graduating if you KEEP GOING. 

3. Stay Organized- Get Yourself an Awesome Planner!

You have a lot to keep straight when you're a mom (or dad) and you're trying to get through college. Trying to balance parent life and school life on top of other responsibilities can leave you feeling like you're trying to lead a three ring circus. One thing I found crucial to help me juggle everything was using a planner and staying organized. It helped me to keep track of all my assignments and my life outside of school as well. I loved being able to plan ahead and stay on top of deadlines. My FAV planner that I used my senior year of college was my Erin Condren Life Planner. I posted a review of it last July, and it was perfect this past year for helping me to manage and make the most out of my time. (click here if you're a new EC customer, sign up for an account, and get $10 OFF your first EC order!) Nice planners are an investment, but it's an investment in yourself and your success!

4. Take As Many Online Classes as You Can

I LOVED taking online classes during college if they were available. I got through the majority of my core classes by doing the online option, and it was a breeze. If you have the option of taking a course on campus or online, I highly recommend doing the online option. If you have the self-discipline to get work done at home, then definitely do it. I loved not worrying about spending the time driving to and from campus for some of my classes, and I had more time at home with Lilah. The added bonus of possibly not having to spend as much money on child care is a huge perk as well. I feel like online courses scare people, but give one a try, I think you'll be surprised by how much you enjoy it. 

5. Celebrate The Little Successes 

Give yourself a little credit. You're doing what a lot of people couldn't do/give up on. The journey may seem long, and graduation may seem like it will never get here, but the day will come before you know it! In the meantime, one thing that helped me get through it all was celebrating the little successes that came along the way. Whether that be an awesome grade on a test or finishing up a semester, celebrate the little accomplishments in your journey.


The journey may seem never ending, but the feeling of finally earning your degree is indescribable. Remember at the end of the day, you are doing this not only for your little ones, but for yourself as well. 

YOU CAN DO IT!

I hope you found these 5 tips helpful, comment below with what helped you get through college with kids! 


Stay tuned for more posts soon!

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  1. These are some great tips!! Great job mama :) :)

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  2. Such great tips! I’ve been in college for almost 6 years now and I’ve got 4 kids- these are perfect tips!

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    1. Wow that is awesome, good for you!! Glad you enjoyed the post. xx

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  3. You're so brave. I'm not a mother but I can understand the level of toil you've gone through. Respect. :)

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post. (:

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  4. Heather, I love this article, especially the first point. Being a mother and a student at the same time takes a lot of patience and discipline. You need to know how to balance between your child and your studies.

    It's the same as managing freelance writing at home (what I do) and your children running around yet you have to concentrate on clients assignments.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It definitely requires a lot of balance and patience. I'm sure you know all about that as well with your job! Glad you enjoyed the post. xx

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