Going Back to College as a Single Mom Essay
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Going back to college after you have been out of school for quite a few years, had three children, been married, and divorced is a lot harder than I ever imagined. It takes hard work, dedication, and missing out on the little things previously taken for granted. I miss taking naps the most. I believe if you can tough it out through the worst days, you can finish school and provide a better life for your children and yourself. You need a lot of willpower and a large sense of humor. Set your alarm at least an hour before you really need to get out of the bed. If you set the alarm for an earlier hour you get to hit the snooze button few extra times. After the third hit, you should have awakened enough to actually rise out of the bed. Fix…show more content…
Start helping the kids to get ready for school. When you start looking for shoes, do not forget places such as the trampoline, under the kitchen table, in the couch, and on top of the aquarium. This will help speed up the process of getting the kids ready before the bus arrives. Once the bus does pull up to the driveway send the kids on their way. Remember that standing outside in your pajamas and waving until the bus is out of sight does not embarrass your children. These actions show them how much you love them no matter what they say.
Get yourself ready for the school day. Warm up your second cup of coffee and take a deep breath. Get a shower and wash your hair, brush teeth, get dressed, put breakfast dishes in the sink to soak, make sure all your homework is done for today’s classes, put books into book bag, and put all of your things into the car. Don’t forget that since you will be gone most of the day, to take care of all of your pets. Feed the fish, parakeets, hamsters, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and the dogs. Feeding these animals now will save you time later in the day by not having the “You promised to take care of your pets if I would get them for you”, speech. Make sure the stove, faucets, and lights are turned off and the doors are locked. Get into your vehicle and drive off towards your school in silence because the radio is broken. This will give you ample time to worry if you have everything done and turned off the coffeepot. Then turn the
"You can do anything you want to do as long as you set your mind to it and stick with it."
I remember hearing those words from my mother ever since I was a little girl. Through the years I've grown up believing in them and using them as my inspiration. You see, there is no one I admire more than my mother.
When I was four years old, my mother and father got divorced, although he didn't live with us since I was two. At the time, my brother was only eight. Being a single parent is a hard enough job in itself but my mother also worked full time.
Now most people who hear about this situation automatically assume that at least one if not both children ended up getting into some kind of trouble whether with the law or something else, but in this case that never happened. My mother taught both of us about morals, goals and rules, along with many other things. Granted my brother and I got into fights with one another, but, hey, kids will be kids.
Even though she works all week, my mom always had time for us, whether it was to take us to our baseball and soccer games or if we just needed someone to talk to. At one point I remember clearly that I had a speech problem, and she made me practice every night over and over again until I got it right.
All in all, I feel I can talk to my mother about anything, with her acting more as a friend than a parent. I realize that not everyone has a mother like mine, which makes me appreciate her even more. After everything she has done for me, I want to make her proud by being the first female in my family to go to college and get a degree. -
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.