Hand'n Hand Women's Center

Myth: College and Parenthood Can’t Mix

Are you a college student facing an unplanned pregnancy? You might be feeling overwhelmed, thinking that you can’t possibly juggle the demands of both school and parenthood. But at Hand ‘n Hand Women’s Center, we want to debunk the myth that college and parenthood can’t mix. It’s not only possible, but with the right support and resources, you can thrive in both roles.

The Challenge

There’s no denying that balancing college and parenthood can be challenging. Late-night study sessions, exams, group projects, and maintaining a social life while also caring for a child can seem daunting. The fear of not being able to give your best to both your education and your child might be overwhelming. But remember, challenges can be overcome, and you’re not alone in this journey. Many have walked this path before you and have successfully balanced both roles.

Support Systems

Having a strong support system is crucial. This can include family, friends, and even school resources. Many colleges offer services for student parents, such as on-campus childcare, flexible class schedules, and online classes. These resources are designed to help you balance your academic and parenting responsibilities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your school’s student services department to learn what resources are available to you. You might be surprised at the amount of support available.

Time Management

Effective time management is key. It might be helpful to create a schedule that includes both your school responsibilities and your parenting duties. This can help you stay organized and ensure that you’re dedicating enough time to both roles. Prioritizing tasks, setting realistic goals, and allowing yourself some flexibility can make a significant difference in managing your time effectively. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.

Financial Aid

Worried about the financial aspect? There are numerous scholarships and grants specifically for student parents. These financial aids can help ease the burden of tuition and childcare costs. Additionally, your financial aid package may be adjusted if you have a child, so be sure to speak with your school’s financial aid office. They can provide you with information and guide you through the process.

Hand ‘n Hand Women’s Center

At Hand ‘n Hand Women’s Center, we’re here to support you. We offer a variety of services to help you navigate your pregnancy and beyond. Whether you need a pregnancy test, an ultrasound, parenting classes, or just someone to talk to, we’re here for you. We understand the unique challenges you’re facing and are committed to providing compassionate, non-judgmental support. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and are unsure of your next steps, we encourage you to contact us or schedule an appointment online.

We are located in Barnhart, MO, but we also serve a wide range of areas including Arnold, Barnhart, Antonia, Bloomsdale, Ste Genevieve, Bonne Terre, Valles Mines, Cadet, Cedar Hill, Dittmer, Crystal City, De Soto, Olympian Village, Eureka, Byrnes Mills, Farmington, Park Hills, Fenton, Festus, French Village, Herculaneum, Hillsboro, House Springs, High Ridge, Imperial, Otto, Kimmswick, Kirkwood, Mapaville, Horine, Oakville, Mehlville, Pevely, Potosi, Mineral Point, Richwoods, Robertsville, Sunset Hills, and Concord.

Remember, being a parent and a college student might be challenging, but it’s not impossible. With the right support and resources, you can successfully navigate this journey. Don’t let the myth that college and parenthood can’t mix deter you from pursuing your dreams. You’re stronger than you think, and you’re not alone. At Hand ‘n Hand Women’s Center, we believe in you and your ability to succeed in both college and parenthood. We’re here to support you every step of the way.