4 Tips for Balancing College and Family Life

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Today, as a college degree becomes more of an essential prerequisite for a huge range of well-paid jobs, we are seeing more and more parents going back into education. Having children can be extremely motivating when it comes to self-improvement, as the more money you are able to earn, the nicer the life you will be able to give your family, making sure that they are all happy and comfortable. Of course, there are many parents who are extremely successful without going to college. But, if you’ve chosen this popular route, then we have some excellent tips to help you balance your education and your family life.

Study Online

Online study is perhaps one of the most popular methods of getting a college degree chosen by parents today. Not only is this because parents can save money on tuition fees by going online, they can also enjoy the extra flexibility that comes with studying from home and not having to commit to commuting to classes. Online study also means that spending more time with your family is easy, and you can even go away on vacation together and take your degree work with you.

Set Aside Family Time

When you are studying for a degree such as masters of science in nursing online, it can be easy to quickly become engrossed in it. However, whilst spending all of your spare time working on your degree program can certainly help to boost your grades, you shouldn’t forget about spending time with your family, especially your little ones who are growing up, as you won’t want to miss any of those special moments. Setting aside some time each week, perhaps on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, to do something together as a family will help you to keep things balanced whilst you study.

Plan Ahead

Before you even enroll in your degree program, it’s important that you have carefully planned ahead and decided how you are going to deal with any potential issues that might arise whilst studying as a parent. When you commit to a program such as an MSN online, you will need to be aware of potential exam times, when assignments are due, and in some cases, the dates and times that you will be expected to undergo a work placement, internship, or get work experience in your chosen field.

Get the Kids Involved

One of the best things about studying for a college degree as a parent is that you can use it to set a great example to your children when it comes to their school work, and even their future education choices. If mom or dad is working hard at homework, then the kids are more likely to follow suit, so don’t be afraid to get them involved and even teach them a little bit about what you are learning if they are interested. They might even study for the same degree one day!

Studying for a college degree as a parent is a huge commitment, but the results are definitely worth it. Share your top tips for balancing college and parenthood in the comments!

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    • I can certainly understand wanting a change of career with teaching. Have you considered working in an online world of teaching whether through the online public schools or as an online tutor? Here is a site that gives you a good place to start looking .

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  1. I love the point of getting the kids involved! I’m not in school right now, but working from how with a full-time business requires me to let my kids feel a part of what I’m doing when the work load gets to be a lot. 🙂 #MMBH

    • I do find that to be the biggest tip that helps the kids to still feel close to you while you can be productive at the same time. I like how you pointed out that it can benefit those of us who work from home too.

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    • Going to college online certainly, helps to allow people the chance to earn a college degree and still be actively involved in their families’ lives. Obtaining my degree online was one of the best decisions I made.

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  2. These are great tips! I studied for my degree when my son was a toddler. I had a great family support system that helped me while I studied and my work was really good too. I didn’t do it online, but I made sure to plan ahead to make sure I could spend as much time as possible with him.

    Looking back, I don’t know how I managed it, but it was one of the best decisions I made for us!

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    • Family support is vital for being able to go to college with little ones. I’m happy you were able to complete getting your degree.

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    • I’m glad that you find these tips worth heeding. It is hard to juggle them both, but it can be done. It’s usually worth it in the end too.

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