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Tips for studying with small kids at home

Posted on 24/10/2018 by

Studying at home with small kids certainly keeps you on your toes, but it’s very worthwhile in the long run.

If you’re a parent to very small children, you’ll know getting your kids dressed, fed, and bathed every day is a huge accomplishment let alone studying.

Yet, many parents choose to Study From Home, and do a marvellous job of it. Although it can be tricky at times, it’s hugely rewarding, and a great way to balance out all the washing and cooking that comes with little ones.

If you’d like to study from home towards a tourism qualification with ITC, here are some tips for making it work with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment.

1) Set realistic study goals

Being over-ambitious about what you can achieve in a day is a fast path to burnout. All you will do is feel disappointed as the sun sets each night, wondering why you didn’t tick off every item on your to-do-list. It’s not worth it!

Instead, set some realistic study goals. At ITC Study From Home, we offer part-time and full-time study options. Choose the option that best suits your schedule (and the one that gives yourself some room to eat and sleep!).

2) Study when the kids are asleep

It’s possible to study when the kids are awake and playing near you, but you’ll probably find that you’ll get interrupted every five minutes. When the kids are awake, try to tackle simple tasks like emailing your home tutor or brainstorming ideas for your next assignment. Save the big, time-consuming tasks, like writing an assignment or preparing a presentation, for when the kids are asleep.

Nap time and bed time will become your designated study sessions. Try to set it up so that you can get straight into study mode as soon as your kids’ heads hit the pillow!

3) Get support if you can

Do you know anyone who could watch your kids for a few hours a week? You’d be surprised at how much you can get done in just a few hours of quiet, uninterrupted, kid-free time. See if any friends or family members would be prepared to lend a hand. You never know until you ask.

4) Study on the weekends

It’s often easier to find people to watch the kids on the weekends. For example, your partner might be home from work and happy to spend time with them. Or family members who work Monday-Friday might be able to watch them for a few hours while you catch up on study. You will probably also need to stick to your ‘study while the kids are sleeping’ rule on the weekends, too.

5) Get out of the house every day

When you have a lot on your plate, it can be tempting to keep the whole family home in pajamas all day. But getting out of the house every day – even if it’s just for a short walk – does wonders for your mood. You’ll find the kids will probably be better behaved after some time in nature. Wear them out at the playground in the morning so they have a big nap in the afternoon!

6) Aim for quality over quantity (when it comes to both family and study)

As a studying parent, you’re never going to feel like you have a lot of time. So aim for quality time over quantity. When you spend time with your kids, try to be truly present with them. Read books, sit with them and play peek-a-boo for a hundred times in a row, just give them your undivided attention. Then, when it comes time for you to study while they play next to you, you will have peace of mind that they have had some quality time.

The same approach applies to study. When you’re studying without your kids around, make sure it’s quality study time. Don’t waste a single precious second on Facebook or Instagram!

7) Stay focused on the big picture

Studying from home with small kids requires some sacrifice. Often you will sacrifice things like watching television or going to bed really early. There’s no denying it; studying with kids is hard. But it’s not forever. It’s just a few short months of your life (or perhaps a year if you’re studying part-time). That will seem like nothing in the scheme of things – and especially once you have found a job in the tourism industry. So, keep the bigger picture in mind and remember it’s not forever. Studying from home with small kids is just a season, and you have the inner strength you need to weather any storm.

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