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How Can Busy Moms with Learning Disabilities Excel in the Classroom

Going Back to School with Kids and a Learning Disability

By Kelli Cooper

Updated January 06, 2013

A Mom with Learning Disabilities Returns to School

A Mom with Learning Disabilities Returns to School


As a mom going back to school with a learning disability, you are trying to balance the demands of raising your family while holding a part or full time course schedule. Despite the challenges, you can easily find a balance between your domestic and academic life by remaining disciplined. Keeping your motivation high tops the list of things you need to do in order to excel in the classroom as a busy mom with a learning disability. What do you intend to do with your degree? Maybe by getting a degree, you will see a nice bump in your salary, if you are a working mom. Or perhaps you are starting your own home business, and you will be able to spend more time at home with your family. In any case, you will need to have a clear understanding of your reasons order to keep yourself motivated to succeed academically.

Why Are You Obtaining Your Degree?

What drives you? Maybe you want financial freedom, or perhaps you wish to spend more time at home with your kids. This emotion pushes you to get good grades while faced with the demands of tending to the needs of your family, as well as coping with a learning disability. You have a big exam coming up, and one of your kids falls ill. Of course you need to help your children feel better by doing what it takes for them to become healthy, but you cannot put your studies on the back burner. Learn ways to balance your family's needs and school.

Remember, you are studying to achieve a goal, so always keep the big picture in mind. This may mean staying up 30 minutes later or waking up 30 minutes earlier in order to complete your studies after tending to your child. Doing this can feel extremely uncomfortable but you must blast through these low energy feelings by remembering the big picture. When you can visualize yourself taking more vacations, making more money and spending more time at home with your family, you will easily make the sacrifices necessary to succeed in the classroom. Check out these tips for going back to school for adult learners.

Study Inspirational Figures

I know a woman who received her PhD while raising multiple children under the age of 5 years old. This idea would seem impossible to most people, but obviously this woman did allow herself to believe in such limitations, or the limiting beliefs of other people. Take your time to observe how underachievers allow the limitations they set for themselves to keep them from reaching their goals. All great people overcome obstacles which the masses surrender to, so follow their lead. You can gain supreme inspiration by observing women who went on to great accomplishments while raising a growing family. Learn from the examples of people who achieved great things despite having learning disabilities.

You will also learn that if you are hungry to improve your life, people who truly love you will be more than willing to help you. Your husband, friends or family will pitch in when they see how determined you are to reach your goals and improve your life.

Persist Through Thick and Thin

Times will get tough, but if you decide to commit, you will receive your degree. Never allow negative people to get in your way. These people focus on how hard things are instead of concentrating on their dreams. You are more intelligent than this though, so avoid these folks and surround yourself with persistent, successful people to place yourself in the proper environment. Learn ways to cope with difficult people that you cannot avoid.

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About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing tips on how non-traditional students can successfully complete their degree programs, such as an educational technology degree.

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