By STORMIE LAWSON
As a single mother and a full-time student with a full-time job, it is hard to find time to do everything I need to do.
Between work and school, I feel like I am not giving my daughter enough quality time. I try to stay up after she goes to bed to allow myself time to study, which doesn’t always happen.
As any parent knows, your child always comes first, and no one can care for your child like you can. This can put other important things on the back burner and cause more stress from lack of time.
I am lucky to have a good support system that helps me with my daughter if I feel like I am behind in my class or just need a breath of fresh air from work, school or everything else. It helps me reset and gives me a better headspace for school and being a parent.
Another important thing I try to remember is that I’m in school to provide my daughter with a life she deserves and be a good and positive role model while she grows up. I look at her and realize I work hard to balance everything for her. I put certain days aside for my daughter to give her all of my attention and love. Those days, I focus solely on her and not work or school. I think that has helped some of the “mom guilt.”
Personally, I think finding a good schedule and more time would help me as a student. Adjusting to so much in my life has currently affected my grades because I don’t feel like I have time to fully complete assignments given the amount of effort I would like to put into them. Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes, and honestly this semester has been a really hard one for me as I adjust and get myself into a rhythm.