If you're a regular reader here you know that I'm a teacher and a mom (obvi), but right now I'm also a student. Yup, that's right, in addition to commuting to work, working all day, commuting back, making dinner, packing lunch, doing laundry, and squeezing in some quality time with my family I'm also taking courses for my next salary step which requires me to take 30 additional credits above my masters.
If you're a parent and a student I just want to tell you that it's hard. It's difficult time wise, like squeezing water from a rock you just feel like you don't have anything else to give. It can be a financial burden, because classes just aren't cheap. I feel you and I'm right there with you.
Here are some tips that have worked for me in the past:
- Keep your eye on the prize. Think about what that degree will reward you with: more money, benefits, upward mobility, a better job, or just plain bragging rights to anyone who said it couldn't be done.
- Break up the work into reasonable chunks. This way you don't fall behind and you won't be too overwhelmed.
- If you get a long block of time, try to get ahead. I take the majority of my courses online so I'll have my husband or mom take her for an afternoon so I can just work nonstop and try to get ahead.
- Let things go. If you have to put off mopping the floor or doing a load of whites, then so be it. Mopping and laundry aren't all that exciting anyway.