Let’s paint a scenario, and imagine our lives in that situation for a day or two:
You’re a single mother who has two children (a 7-year-old boy and a teenage girl of 13), a full-time job that involves long hours and little pay, and you are barely making it through the month with school fees, rent, groceries and studies.
Sounds pretty hectic, right? Right! Well, there are tons of people going through that exact scenario, scraping by on a month-to-month basis in this developing country of ours.
So here are a few tips on how you could balance the life of being a single parent and full-time employee – and still have enough time to study:
Be realistic and choose wisely. Choosing a distance learning college is a perfect option if you have to juggle a full-time job and household responsibilities. Not only is it cheaper to study via correspondence than it is to attend classes, it also gives you the luxury of studying in your own time and at your own pace.
Ask for help. Sometimes it can seem as though things are just getting too much… Well, with a distance learning college like College SA, there are tutors willing and waiting to assist you with your issues. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help!
Plan ahead all the time. Try to make a list of all your appointments and deadlines for the month – whether it’s watching your child play sport, doing an assignment, or preparing for a big meeting – and place the list somewhere where you can see it on a regular basis. This way, you will feel more in control.
Take a break. The constant juggling can become physically and emotionally exhausting, so keep focused on things that are a priority for that week, but don’t try to do too many things at once. Take a break from your studies if you feel you need to.
Have a good support system. Like anything in life, giving up always seems like the easier option. Therefore, it is vital to have a good, solid support system that can encourage you to push through and to keep going. Your support system can take the form of friends, family, or tutors.