Dear Student Moms

Dear Student Moms,

In the world of Stay At Home Moms and Working Moms you are often forgotten about. You somehow get lost in the shuffle and people forget just how hard working and amazing you really are.

First of all, I want to tell you that I am really proud of you. What you are doing is not easy and it comes with a lot of sacrifices that you probably had to make along the way. But, those sacrifices are worth it. It may mean short term difficulties, but you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of success.

Student moms have the most difficult schedules I have ever seen. How do you ladies do it? You are all superstars that deserve a trophy of achievement! You go to school all day, come home and spend as much time as you can with your children and then once they are in bed you study for tests, write papers, work on assignments and complete research for projects. I am sure that you get less than eight hours of sleep per night but you never complain about it because you are grateful for the opportunity you have.

As if all of that isn’t hard enough, a lot of you work part-time jobs, too. You already worked all week by going to school and taking care of children and doing homework in the evening. I know how exhausting it can be to work all week and have very little ‘me-time’ in the evenings. Yet despite that, you work part-time on the weekends or wherever else you can squeeze in a shift. How do you do that? Where do you find the time and energy? You are clearly a wizard in time management and could definitely give me a lesson in it.

I know that some of you work part-time because it is financially necessary, and I know that has to be tough. A lot of you are trying to manage a household, pay tuition, pay daycare costs and still have enough left over to be able to treat your kids now and then. And some of you are doing it completely on your own, as single mothers. You are truly the most amazing women I have ever met. Thank you for being such a wonderful example and showing single moms everywhere that you can create a better life for yourself.

Being a student mom can sometimes mean that you do and go without. It might mean you can’t afford to get your hair cut at a salon, or it might mean that you can’t go on summer vacations with your kids. It might mean you haven’t bought yourself new clothes in six months or maybe it means that you have to budget extremely carefully when it comes to groceries. Whatever the case may be, please know that these sacrifices are worth it. You are paving the road to your future and success and education go hand in hand. Please know that it won’t always be this hard and you won’t always have to make this many sacrifices.

I am sure there are days or weeks where you want to give up. I am sure you get overwhelmed, tired and frustrated by your workload and tight budget. But in those times, remember this. You are setting an amazing example for your children. You are teaching them that they can do anything they set their minds and hearts on and that hard work is tough, but it also comes with really big rewards. You are teaching your children that education is the key to success and that education can take you places that you only ever dreamed of.

Student Moms, hang in there. Please know that I am so extremely proud of you and I truly hope you are equally as proud of yourselves. What you are doing is extraordinary and is an achievement that you will get to carry with you for the rest of your life. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve always imagined!

With all of my love and respect,

Katie

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