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finding balance – going back to school as a parent

if you decided to put school on hold while starting a family, you’re not alone! while many individuals choose to pursue school and a career first, this is not the case for everyone. many even make the choice to stay at home with their little ones until they begin school. regardless of your exact situation, going back to school at this point in your life can be a great move that helps ensure a financially stable environment for your family. though balancing family and going back to school may seem like a juggling act, it’s not impossible! here’s a look at ways to set yourself up for success.

seek help when needed.

as a parent, you know life can be a bit of a three ring circus at times. as confidence builds, parents become excellent multitaskers, but you’ll likely encounter times when you just need a break or some extra time to hunker down with your study materials. that’s why it’s important to develop a support system. think strategically about what you’ll need and have things in place before the time comes. but, remain flexible! don’t hesitate to call on these friends or family members when you need them. as loved ones, they care about you and your family and will want to help ensure your success.

stay disciplined.

while your class schedule and certain family related tasks will have set time-frames, you’ll need to factor in time for homework and studying. when and where do you plan to do your homework? one option could be early in the morning, before the kids head off to school. perhaps later in the evening, after you put the little ones to bed could work better for your schedule. you could even carve out a specific time on the weekends when your partner or another person in your support system is available to look after your littles. regardless of when you choose to do your homework and studying, stick to it and your efforts will be rewarded.

make it a family affair.

carving out a time when everyone tackles take home work can help bring the family closer together and  instill good study habits, if you have older children in the house. if your children do not have homework on particular days, encourage them to read for pleasure or work on other activities like drawing, journaling or writing letters to loved ones who live far away.

explore financial aid options.

don’t be discouraged by the price tag of going back to school. it is possible to get ahead without getting behind financially. grants, scholarships and even student loans with income based repayment options can help ease the financial burden of going back to school. find out more information about costs and financial aid options available to you at eastern college, here.

at eastern college of health vocations, we can help you train for a career that you can build a life around – one that you can take pride in; that makes a difference in your community; and that has the potential to offer you and your family greater financial security. our career counselors can shed light on how we can partner to help you attain a degree or certification and achieve employment in your new field. reach our little rock campus at 501-380-0764 or our new orleans campus at 504-736-0654 to schedule a tour. if you’re ready to commit to the first step toward your promising career in healthcare, click here.

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