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How do you balance graduate school and raising a kid?

I will be starting a highly ranked MBA program in August with a full ride. I already have one graduate degree, but this time I have an added degree of difficulty: I am now a mom. Does anyone have advice for balancing going back to school with the needs of a three year old? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jun 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Family Medical Leave for Graduate Students

Does Family Medical Leave cover graduate students on .50 FTE? If so, does it still allow for tuition reimbursement or would I be on the hook for that? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Games and fun stuff to help a new mother feel smarter!

My friend just had her baby, and while she is loving motherhood, she also feels like after 10 months pause from work + hormonal adjustments, tiredness, sleep deprivation and time spent alone with a newborn she is... well... dumber than before. What sorts of stuff can a new mom do/play with her visitors to stimulate her intellectually and cognitively, while she does the same for her little one? [more inside]
posted by ipsative on Feb 1, 2014 - 16 answers

I want my mommy

We're pregnant! For the first time. Just found out this week. I feel the uncontrollable need to watch emotional tear jerker youtube videos about moms/parenthood. Example 1 Example 2. What d'ya got for me, Metafilter?
posted by corn_bread on Jan 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Resources for deciding to be a mother?

I'm looking for resources (books, websites, etc.) to help me gain a balanced perspective on whether or not motherhood is right for me, given my anxieties and health issues. [more inside]
posted by Maya Cecile on Nov 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Please make this pregnant lady cry

Can you recommend me some fiction, comics, and movies that are parenting positive--especially mom-positive? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Oct 14, 2013 - 39 answers

Career vs. SAHM

Seeking wisdom from the experienced: pros and cons of working full time vs. raising kids full time ? [more inside]
posted by oink on Jun 29, 2013 - 42 answers

Virtual Doulas Always Have Clean Hands

We've had a bumper crop of gorgeous babies on the Filter lately. Let me learn from your experiences - hit me with your best advice for childbirth and labour itself. We've only got a week or two to go and the better prepared we can be the better. [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Jun 12, 2013 - 43 answers

How do I help others see my partner as an equitable and true parent?

I am currently 21 weeks pregnant and my wife is not getting the attention, congratulations or support I get from others. How can I help others see her as a parent now and when the baby comes? [more inside]
posted by livlab on Jan 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Can't I be the "dad"?

My SO wants kids and would make a great dad. The trick is, I don't want to be "the mom." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 60 answers

What is this half-remembered poem about motherhood and peaches?

What is the title/who is the author of this half-remembered poem about a mother/child relationship and peaches (I think)? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Oct 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Men: How was your mom awesome during your teen years?

Men: how was your mom awesome during your teenage years? [more inside]
posted by SinAesthetic on Aug 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Reason vs emotion: Can't afford baby. Want a baby

Coming to terms with circumstances. Baby fever edition. I need help doing it. How did you decide to be ok with waiting to get pregnant? Alternatively, how did you decide to go ahead and attempt pregnancy even though it was a bad idea financially in the short term? What books or articles or blog posts can I read (the library is right down the street!) that address this? [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Aug 3, 2012 - 28 answers

All women become like their mothers, so says Ocscar Wilde

How can I have a better relationship with my daughter than I had with my mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 answers

What's it like being pregnant near delivery?

What's it like to be pregnant nearing delivery? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Oct 30, 2011 - 27 answers

I think my personality is incompatible with motherhood

I'm going to be a mother in about two months. I'm concerned about what kind of mother I'll be. How can I reconcile the fact that my personality type might be at odds with being a great mom? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Oct 20, 2011 - 52 answers

Help me not be such a neurotic freak of a mom!

Do I need to calm down A LOT, or is it okay to yell until I'm hoarse in the hopes of keeping them safe when my little kids create such out-of-control craziness? [more inside]
posted by minx on Sep 18, 2011 - 45 answers

What kinds of government-sponsored assistance programs or support exist for new mothers in countries around the world?

What kinds of government-sponsored assistance programs or support exist for new mothers in countries around the world? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on May 30, 2011 - 9 answers

The IT Crowd of One Vs. the EF'ing Martha Mommies

Introverted thinking moms, would you please share your tips and practical strategies for navigating the shoals of extroverted, feeling-driven motherhood norms? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Dec 6, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me demystify children

I need to figure out whether or not I want kids, before I accept my boyfriend's proposal. I think that I don't, but I have almost no experience with them. What are some places that might allow me (a stranger with no babysitting experience) to spend time with young kids, so I can start to make up my mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 - 46 answers

Mom's night out for the social caterpillar

I want to be more social. Can you help me come up with ideas for hosting a mom's-night-out party at my home that isn't a jewelry, tupperware, pocketbook, home product party, etc. party? [more inside]
posted by maloon on Jul 7, 2010 - 37 answers

A Tiskit, A Tasket, A Baby in a Basket?

People often say that "a baby would be just as happy in a dresser drawer"...but will society actually -let- mothers do this? (a little long) [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jul 3, 2010 - 53 answers

Post-baby, friend's behavior has been awful. How do I deal?

Friend has changed significantly after having a baby. Is this normal? How can I continue to be supportive when she's difficult to be around? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies on May 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Last (wo)man standing

I'm 34, female, and I don't expect to have children. How do I cope with being in the minority? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 - 57 answers

Depersonalizing media violence

Now that I'm a mother, I'm hypersensitive to portrayals of child abuse or child death in movies and books. I just woke up from a nightmare induced by a novel that culminated in the murder of a child. How do I depersonalize violent media depictions of children? It's a terrible feeling to have some book or some movie eat away at me because I've inappropriately projected the situation onto my own daughter and let the book/movie play off irrational parental fears.
posted by crazycanuck on Nov 23, 2009 - 34 answers

How to continue breast-feeding while traveling w/o baby?

Must travel without baby -- but want to keep breast-feeding. Complications and doubts. [more inside]
posted by maybephd on Dec 11, 2008 - 15 answers

But I didn't even get to say goodbye!

I'm pregnant, and having a horrible time coming to terms with this new maternal identity. I know having a baby changes everything, etc., etc., but is it possible to become a mom and still stay, well, yourself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2008 - 33 answers

Just the three of us

Single mom/Single parent: How does one go about building a lasting relationship with a single mother, to show her that you will not only be there for her, but also for her son? (She's 22, and he's under five I'm assuming.) [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on May 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Films about Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and daughters and the films about them - can you name some? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Mar 15, 2008 - 45 answers

Can I help my sister?

My sister is in her late-30s and a single mother of one little girl. She's stuck in an endless series of crummy jobs, severely dependent on our mother, and she is incredibly defensive and vitriolic about pretty much everything. I'd like to help her somehow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2006 - 15 answers

Udderly Ridiculous!

Is it possible to over-breastfeed a baby? She's 6 weeks old and nurses, oh, like 10-12 hours a day at least. I think she's at the breast more than she's asleep. [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Dec 5, 2006 - 22 answers

Help me wean my 8-month old, please...

Help me wean my baby so I can get back on my antidepressants. She's 8 months old, is eating solids very well, but won't take a bottle (never did).... [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Jul 2, 2006 - 30 answers

the joy of a child, in a 70-minute cd

Songs about motherhood? [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime on Dec 3, 2005 - 36 answers

Regimented vs. On Demand

I'm looking for opinions and experiences on breast feeding. [more inside]
posted by sic on Sep 8, 2005 - 21 answers

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