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As a young mother, you may be wondering if it’s worth quitting your job or giving up on your education to raise your kid full-time. While that may be required during the first few months of being a new parent, it doesn’t mean you have to stop chasing your dreams.

There are many reasons why it’s worthwhile — even more essential, in some cases — for you to continue pursuing your dreams, despite having a baby. Check out these five reasons why you should never give up on chasing your goals as a young mom!

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Reason #1 You never know what can happen in life

You might meet the love of your life and stop working altogether, or you could get laid off at work and need to find something else that pays the bills. Either way, you’ll be glad you didn’t quit too soon because life is full of surprises.

Besides, life is too short to live for other people. Don’t let your parents tell you what to do or your children define who you are. You can do anything that you set your mind to, and if you want a career or an education, you’re going to have to work for it. You may think that delaying your dreams is easier, but you might regret not trying in the long run.

Reason #2 It’s much easier to earn a degree nowadays

You don’t have to worry about not having enough time for school because plenty of colleges offer flexible scheduling, like classes at night or on the weekends. This means that if you want to earn a nursing degree while raising your kid, you can do it!

Earning a degree can give you a sense of accomplishment that not many others can. You can take advantage of scholarships, grants, and work-study programs that will pay for your tuition plus give you extra spending money. But of course, this is only an acceptable reason if you want to pursue your education.

Reason #3 You shouldn’t underestimate yourself

You can do anything you set your mind to. If there’s a will, there’s a way. You might think you don’t have what it takes to go back to school or maintain a career, but this mindset will make it even more difficult. Besides, you’re intelligent and capable of finishing your degree if you want to.

If you believe in yourself, others will too. So, take the first step towards your goals, and show the world how much you have to offer. You still have a long life ahead of you; don’t let other people dictate your dreams and goals.

Just think about what it will teach your child if you give up on your dreams to raise them. Your child will learn that quitting is okay, which isn’t what you want them to believe. So, once your situation allows, don’t be afraid to keep pursuing your goals.

Reason #4 It’s a stepping stone to happiness

You’ll probably find that going after your dreams will make you happier in the long run. Even if you have to start over in a new career or go back to school, life will be better once you figure out what you want. You might be miserable now, but things could change if you work towards your future.

It takes time, and it won’t happen overnight, but it’ll be worth it when you land your dream job or finish up that degree. So, go after what you’re passionate about, no matter how scary it may seem. Even if the road to happiness is filled with obstacles, you’ll be better off once you reach your destination.

Reason #5 No law says you can’t balance motherhood and career

Balancing motherhood and a career is doable; it just takes some creativity and hard work on your part. But you can do it —  don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s easier than ever before to live life on your own terms and follow your dreams.

People may wonder how you’ll be able to handle both responsibility and ambition, but they don’t know you like you do. You’re capable of juggling everything, one step at a time. You just have to stay focused and try your best.

It’s not easy, but it’ll be worth it when you get to watch your kid grow up while living out your dreams. You don’t have to put your whole life on hold just because you had a baby. Nothing is holding you back from getting what you want out of life, and that’s an opportunity that not many other people get to experience.

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