Student parents face a lot of challenges while pursuing an education at university level. Not only do they have the pressures of meeting course deadlines and getting adequate grades, but they also have to juggle this with their responsibilities as a parent and consider childcare needs as a priority.
Many students who are parents as well, report feeling overwhelmed and burnt out by the pressures placed upon them. Physical symptoms such as sleep deprivation are common and often mental illnesses such as depression and acute anxiety can go undetected. It’s a difficult balancing act but there are ways it can be achieved which will hopefully lessen the stress caused.
So many things can happen in a year, a month, a day and even in just one single second.
Last year, I recorded my testimonial to send out a message during the month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.
This year, I am sitting by my son’s hospital bed, hoping the recovery after his recent surgery will go as smooth as possible. This is our third visit to London for his medical care this year, and in the background of my overcrowded brain, lies the concern of my own well being as well as taking care of my family.
Being a mom has taught me more than I ever imagined possible.
Being a mom of a sick child and surviving cancer has been absolutely overwhelming.
It’s funny how in fashion a certain trend is in one minute and out the next. It seems that we can’t make up our minds on styles. At one point in time bell bottoms from the disco era, which saw popularity again in the early 2000’s in less exaggerated flares, began popping back up last year with Bustle sharing style tips on how to modernise them.
Another one of these past fads making the rounds again are mom jeans. Previously they were deemed unfashionable, yet now they’re one of the hottest trends seen in women’s fashion, tailor made for all ages.
These past few months have gone by quicker than I care to accept. Despite having been worried about initial plans for surgery being postponed, I am happy they were.
On the one hand, I will not deny that the waiting and not knowing took its toll on me and yes, I was very worried that something would go terribly wrong, but if I look past the waiting, not knowing and worrying, I see us having made the most of the summer days, and that’s what counts.
More importantly, is that this time has helped heal some of the ever-increasing fears and anxieties of a little boy visiting the hospital on a regular basis.
When welcoming a new baby into the family, a lot of the focus at home turns toward developing a beautiful nursery. Of course, in the early months your baby will likely be sleeping in your room, in a crib by your bed. Eventually the time will come when you will start to train your little one to sleep in their own room. That’s when it can be lovely to decorate a comfortable and attractive space.
Creating spaces for children that are both welcoming and comfortable is no easy task. When I came across the beautiful organic children’s bedding collection by Forivor, I wanted to be 6 again. It’s no wonder why I love stories so much. This collection perfectly defines ‘every great design begins with an even better story’ – full circle. Any child would be more than delighted and have a room that inspires story, dreams and play.
Have you ever tried getting around with a baby, car seat, groceries, a toddler, a handbag and more? Does it take you forever to get from your car to your destination, fumbling all the way resembling something similar to a hot mess? We’ve all been there. I didn’t have a toddler with me when Henry was young, but I know I fell into the hot mess category many times and this piece of well designed baby gear would have saved me much complaining.
How many times have you heard the same song with your kid(s) today? I can bet it’s more than you care to admit and you swear that if you hear it one more time, you’ll probably barf a rainbow.
I’ve been there. Sometimes it gets to the point where I feel that the songs almost begin to hurt my ears. One of the most recent favourites around here is ‘Baby Shark – do do do do dodo’, even just writing the name of the song brings on a spine curdling annoyance! The songs might (might) be cute the first time you hear them but after you’ve heard it play 8 times in a row, you can pretty much kiss that initial ‘like feeling’ good-bye. Forever.