Becoming a mom while you’re in high school requires some major balancing skills. It means you need to be able to complete assignments, and prepare for tests and exams, all while taking care of your baby. Worried you might not cope? Here are a few tips to help you out.
Create a schedule
Create a realistic schedule and stick to it. Realistic means that you have enough time to do homework, fit in baby’s bath and prepare for the next day at more or less the same time everyday. Remember to schedule in some time to relax and read a book or listen to some music. It’s important to learn to maximise on the little time that you do have — for example working on assignment when baby takes a nap or doing some light exercises during play times. Explore different routines until you find one that works for you and your child.
Ask for help
It’s okay to admit that you’re overwhelmed and need help sometimes. No one expects you to do the perfect juggling act, especially in the beginning. So, ask for help from parents and family members whenever they can manage. It’s also a good idea to look into support groupsso you can talk to other young moms with the same struggles as you.
Self-care is key
You can only be a good mom and student when you’re at your best, so make sure you eat healthy by loading on brain foods, and get enough exercise and as much sleep as you can. Go out with friends if you can find someone to babysit and take some time to do something you enjoy. It’s also important to surround yourself with supportive people who are positive and encouraging.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
You’re going to get that routine wrong some days, you’re going to make a couple mistakes and sometimes you’re going to feel like you have no idea what you’re doing — that’s okay! Don’t stress over the things you can’t control, rather focus on things that are within your power. Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them, then keep doing your very best. You’ve got this!
Being a teen mom is hard work, but it’s not impossible to do. Surround yourself with the right support, get organised and find ways to stay motivated and you’ll find that things will work out for you eventually. If you need someone to talk to, you can always Ask CellCgirl.