From the article: 4 Ways to Balance Family and School
Parents often struggle to complete their online class requirements while taking care of family responsibilities. If you're juggling virtual exams with soccer practice or dirty diapers, let struggling students know how you make it work. How do you take care of your loved ones while passing your online classes? Share Your Story
Wake Up Early
- It's not easy but everything is possible. I get up at six in the morning to study at least an hour before I go drop off my kid to school and I also have a 1 year old baby so that's the only way I can be 100% in charge during the rest of the day.
- —Guest maritza
Sharing Parenting Duties
- It's really hard when my place where I'm teaching now is very far from the study place. So, I will try my best to attend the class and thanks to my hubby because he wants to share my job to look after our little boy when I'm busy.
Leveraging Down Time
- As a stay-at-home-dad, a lot of my spare time is taken up by driving kids to and from karate / piano lessons, making meals, and playing referee when arguments break out. But, sometimes the house is quiet when the kids are gone or in bed early. I used to use this down time to finally relax or watch TV. Now, every second is precious and I start doing my online assignments as soon as I have any spare time.
- —Guest Charlie B.
Making a Family Plan
- I knew earning an online degree wouldn't be easy. So, before I even got started, I sat down with my husband and my kids to make a plan. We made charts that detailed who was in charge of chores and yard work. My husband agreed to take on some additional responsibilities and my twins agreed to be quiet if they finished early during our mutual "family homework time."
- —Guest Amilea