Quote from: dotlyn on July 26, 2007, 08:52:51 PMI guess I don't understand how a mother going into law school would find the term "law school Mommie" in any way a negative thing. In my mind I'm a mother first, my status as a student comes second. My children will always be my first priority. Period. I don't see highlighting that as a negative thing. I would use "parent," especially in a pubic forum. Less sexist, less childish. My kid calls me "mommie," and I'd rather not have anybody else use the term to define me. Like I said, different strokes.
I guess I don't understand how a mother going into law school would find the term "law school Mommie" in any way a negative thing. In my mind I'm a mother first, my status as a student comes second. My children will always be my first priority. Period. I don't see highlighting that as a negative thing.
I think as women we face a unique set of challenges entering into law school as parents.
Okay, I am an entering 1L this year. However, my last semester of undergrad (this winter/spring) I had to write a 60 page thesis for a required senior capstone, plus take an additional 4 classes. This was an overload of credits. The research for the thesis was insane (I wrote my thesis on Domestic Violence and Family Violence Option for TANF Welfare Recipients). Anyway, I am a mother of a very active eight year old. It was doable, just. I had to manage my time REALLY well. Make a schedule for yourself and keep to it.At many points you are going to be pushed to set your priorities. Sometimes you will feel torn in two. You are going to have to decide what comes first: child or top 10% of the class. This is sad but true. That semester was the toughest I have ever had. But I am glad that I went through it because I feel that I am prepared for what is to come.My advice is to set aside at least one day where you have mommie/kiddo time. This is a non-study don't even look at the books day, wholy devoted to family. Mine was from 5:00 pm on Friday evenings until 8:00 pm on Saturday nights. I did not even think about school on this day. We had family fun friday nights and spent real time together on Saturdays. You might find that you are more healthily balanced than other students which will equal a whole lot less stress.Good luck.