Nowadays, a mere bachelor’s degree is not enough. We all know that in order to go the ranks, we have to pursue and earn a master’s degree or more. Making the decision to work and at the same time return to school is a big decision. If you are a working parent, it makes more challenging as you have to balance work, family and school. However, you must remember why you are considering a master’s or post graduate course – for better career opportunities which will in turn, greatly benefit your family.
To succeed in balancing work, family and school, make sure that your goals are attainable and realistic. Do not go for big and unrealistic goals that you know you can’t achieve. This will only lead to frustration.
Keep a schedule. Sit down and try writing down your schedule. You can live a fuller, fulfilling and more manageable life if you spend some time planning.
Take breaks. We all need to take a break every once in a while. When you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Take small breaks if you are reading or writing papers with expository essay topics
Remember to keep your eyes on the prize. Balancing everything in your life can be challenging so keep in mind why you are doing what you are doing. Juggling so many things can be discouraging but have home, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Find help. You can’t do everything yourself. If you find it tough to manage your household, ask your spouse for help. Or if you are on a tight deadline at work and school, see if you can find assistance with your school requirements from http://overnightessay.com/buy-essay
Manage your expectations. You might have planned and tried everything that you can in order to accomplish your to-do tasks. However, life has a way of changing our plans for us and not everything that we want goes as planned.
Most moms I know are Super Moms wearing invisible capes and having magical powers. We may not correctly guess how many Answer Racing gears a racer needs but we moms have this one important superpower that is best said by this image:
Do you agree? I certainly do and can actually relate. We can be very sensitive and knowing when it comes to our kids, no matter how young or old they can be.
Anyone and everyone in this country who has access to television can easily understand my story.
Disclaimer: My daughter’s TV watching habit is controlled. We supervise what she’s watching and listening to. Her Internet activities are also monitored and controlled. She knows that there is a no-TV/computer/iTouch/iPad during school days. Moreover, being allowed to watch TV, play on the computer/iTouch/iPad is a privilege, not a right. Judge us for being cruel parents but then, this rule has encouraged her to develop a good study habit and spend her time reading! She loves reading and will certainly go for books instead of toys.
On with my story:
My daughter was diagnosed with acute bronchitis and prescribed with antibiotics, salbutamol and paracetamol. She has been coughing and feverish for almost two days when I brought her to the pedia. Both the receptionist and the kind doctor thought that my daughter was well, older. Around 14 perhaps but nah, she isn’t 10 yet. Anyway, we were told that since she’s quite taller and heavier compared to the average kids her age, she can already take capsules and tablets instead of the usual syrup. She was prescribed with a tablet, a capsule and a cough syrup.
Two nights ago, after giving her her medications, she got curious and asked about the medicines. I told her that the liquid is her cough syrup and the white capsule is her antibiotic.
Her: Eh yung orange tablet, ano yun? (What’s the orange tablet?)
Me: Yung orange is Biogesic. (The orange one is Biogesic.)
Her: Aaah… INGAT!
That certainly cracked me up! See, even with her super limited TV time, she was able to pick up that famous line of John Lloyd who is endorsing the product. I can only imagine what other things she will learn if we allow her to watch TV until her eyes pop out!
And yes, even with her condition, this girl can still make me laugh. She is indeed, my not-so-little bundle of joy.
When I became a work-from-home mom, that’s when I realized how tough it is to be a mom. And to think that I already have a grade schooler. Nowadays, I can’t even seem to find time to even remember to apply seaclear moisturizer on my face before leaving the house because she insists on going to school VERY early. Too much punctuality, if you ask me. That is why I look forward to late evenings, when she is done with homework, nightly rituals and tucked into bed. That is the only time that I can rest and enjoy some me time before sleeping.
Four more weeks and we are bidding the school year goodbye. As a fulltime mom and school bus of a grade schooler, I share my daughter’s giddiness over summer vacation. For two months, WE need not do home work, practice writing, do Math drills, sleep early, wake up early, deal with rude classmates and horrible traffic. For two, long months, we can just lounge around the house or go to the malls and even ride airplanes. Aaaah… I can’t wait.
What are our plans for summer? Yes, we have two out of town trips. One is scheduled stay at my parents, and the other is a family reunion and a wedding of an aunt. But prior to and in between those two, I am thinking of activities for my daughter. Since she can’t be enrolled in a summer class because of our trips, I am thinking of various activities that we can do together. Most are related to arts and crafts and the list isn’t final yet. But I will share it with you as soon as it’s done.
What about you? What are your summer plans for your grade schooler if you have one? Care to share?
This morning, my friends shared fashion website links which I clicked and have been browsing while chatting/ blogging/ Facebooking (yes, I use “Facebooking”. Hahaha!). I can’t help but admire these ladies’ fashion sense. And I can’t help but also think that hey, I can do that! Or I can wear that!
But being a stay/work-at-home mom for more than a year made me too lazy to dress up and wear make up. Oh, I usually do during weekends we go to the malls and hear Sunday masses but during weekdays, you can find me in my shirts, jeans and ballet flats. It sometimes get boring, thus, a friend suggested that I exert more effort during weekdays and prettify myself. Well, I don’t think my daughter would agree because we’ll definitely be late for school. Hahaha!
There is nothing wrong with moms who want to be fashionable and pretty. We owe it to ourselves! However, we should make sure that we are not depriving our spouses and children in the process – of our time and resources. Moreover, our outward appearance should never become our source of security or pride. We should always remember that what is essential is invisible to the naked eyes. We should also take time to nurture our inner beauty because that’s far more important and one thing that lasts.