I am a full-time working Mom with 2 young kids. I’m currently on Full Stack Engineer Course Path. Juggling study with work is no easy task, and being a Mom makes it even more daunting.
I am looking for support from other working Moms who can possibly inspire me with their journeys. Even if you are on a different path from mine, I hope just talking things out will provide me with much-needed moral support. Thanks in advance
Learning to program is tough and you’re going to get frustrated. Everyone gets frustrated (if they say they don’t, they’re lying) b/c it’s difficult to learn a new language. But, go easy on yourself. You wouldn’t expect to learn [insert non-native language here: Italian, for example] in a day. If you’re a runner, you wouldn’t expect to run a marathon w/o building up endurance for miles.
Practice/repetition is key. Write the code, break it down into more digestible pieces, take notes so you understand what you’re learning. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t understand something on the first try. Negative self-talk doesn’t get us anywhere. Right? Right. When you’re stuck, learn to take breaks and do something else to engage your brain (often, that’s when you’ll make connections).
Also, search the forums here, as there is a lot of helpful advice on roadblocks and learning to program from other learners–new and more experienced.
I wish you luck!
I’m a working mum too and find it overwhelming sometimes! I’m on the iOS Developer and Computer Science Paths and try not to worry too much about how long it’s taking me to get through them and focusing on just doing small steps, even if it’s just 10mins a few days a week, it’s still progress
Thanks @jms26 for heart warming words.
I tend to be hard on myself, so what you said was a pleasant reminder.
Thank you @lisalisaj I loved the bit you said about combating repeated frustration. Rest of it was also really good advice.
Do you have any favorite forum conversations that have helped on your journey? Something that you might have bookmarked?
You are an inspiration @gracekishino
I totally get it when you say not worrying too much about how long it’s taking. We all are on our own journeys, isn’t it?
Curious to know what inspired you to come onto the paths of iOS Developer and Computer Science? Would love to hear more about your story
I’ve been working part time in web development for 20yrs but wanted to fill in gaps in my knowledge so that’s why I started the Computer Science course. I started the iOS Developer to add to my skillset and really enjoying it, though finding it challenging too!