Never Leave Your Home Without a Plan
Whether you have to pack a diaper bag, secure a car seat, and pack your own lunch before you are ready to wake up your kids and start the day, you also need to ensure that you don’t go off without a plan. And with each mom who successfully plans out her life, there should also be a backup to those perfectly made plans. Write down your plans every day and then come up with alternatives if something goes wrong. If you have a babysitter, see if you can keep a friend on standby should your childcare provider show up late or need to suddenly call out sick. Moms who plan ahead and bring a lunch to work need to also have money just in case their food becomes spoiled or they forget to take them with them to work.
Set Your Children’s Expectations Straight
Even if you work from home and earn an online master in taxation degree your children will ask for more and more of you until you have had enough. You’ll be asked to volunteer to chaperone on school trips, your children will always want you to buy every new toy they see, and they’ll ask to have their friends sleep over each weekend. They will not understand what realistic expectations are unless you teach them and then stand your ground. Moms can be very accommodating, but if they don’t let their kids know that there is a definable cut off for their requests, they won’t have happy or successful lives as they go through school.
Learning to Say ‘No’ Early On
Children aren’t the only people who can leave moms going to college full-time feeling absolutely exasperated. You may need to put some boundaries into effect with friends and family who feel that you should always be there when you have free time. As a mom who is going to college full-time, you have to learn how to say no and not feel the need to justify your stance. If you’re tired and don’t want to go to a social event the very first weekend that your children are engaged somewhere else, just politely say no and change the subject.
People respect others who have good boundaries and are able to manage their lives without chaos. Your children will appreciate you more if you learn what your limitations are and continue to keep on with your hobbies.