“Hey, Harper, I’m sorry, I’m gonna need to take a sick day.” We’ve seen the commercial of a parent requesting a sick day from their child and it’s pretty darn close to reality. When you feel that cold setting in, you run to the nearest store and stock up on orange juice, chicken noodle soup, and cold medicine to keep you functioning. If you’re anything like me, you can’t really afford to get sick because you’re saving your sick days for your kids. You suck it up and keep it pushing. My life consists of momming, working, and schooling. Let me explain…
Two little people who are 1 and 3 years old practically dictate my day-to-day. My momming life is filled with books, blocks, flashcards, snacks, singing, dancing, snacks, refereeing, baths, snacks, doctor visits, meals, snacks, boo-boo kissing, tears, and so much laughter. Momming is great but exhausting and your little people don’t know what tired means quite yet. So, you fake the funk when you have to and just crash at night. Have you ever had to put eye drops in a 1 year old’s eye? If the answer is no, just imagine wrestling an alligator. Yes, it’s kind of like that but you might have a better chance against the alligator. If momming ALWAYS feels like you’re wrestling an alligator, you should maybe reevaluate?
“Work is exactly what I want to do with my 40 hours a week,” said not many people! Let’s face it, working is a way of life. Some people work because they love their job. Some people work because they love the money. Some people work because they love little things like food, shelter, and the basic commodities of life. I applaud working mommies for holding down TWO full-time jobs and only getting paid and recognized for one. I work to help accomplish my dreams. It’s a mission for me. I know some people who work just because they need a paycheck and will stay at a job that they hate and complain every day. If you are working like that, I urge you to re-examine your life and develop a purpose for your present and your future.
Well, if you’re reading this then you already understand the school strife. At 38 years old, I look at these young students in my classes and admire them for continuing their education. College is a major commitment and so much work. Momming and working while schooling is no easy task but not the hardest thing in life. For many moms who are schooling while working, school work usually happens at night after the kids have gone to sleep. Has anyone ever tried to type while holding a toddler? Imagine wrestling an alligator. Well, maybe not an alligator but those little people are very strong when they have something in their sight. There is something about a mom on a computer typing an assignment that sends a bat signal out to a toddler. The toddler sees the bat signal and thinks, I must type by any means necessary, NOW! If you ever get to the point that schooling is seeming like too much right now, you might need to restructure some things and/or talk to your adviser.
To all of the moms and dads who are schooling while working, I urge you to stay strong. When life appears to have you in a toddler strength chokehold, fight back and keep pushing towards your goals!