Employment prospects are excellent for those who take up early childhood Sydney course. Raising children is not easy. Neither is being a college student. Put those two things together and you have the makings of a meltdown, if you are not careful. Fortunately, there is hope for those who want to have it all, and who want to stay sane in the process. Attending college as a parent requires a varietal skill set, and if you are determined to pull off this amazing feat, you are going to have to learn how to integrate a multitude of roles and functions into one, smooth operation. That’s why I put together this survival guide for raising children and going to college. Here’s what you need to know to be successful at returning to school as a parent.
Money. There are two parts to this: you will have to make money to help support your family (especially if you are a single parent), and you will have to find the money to pay for college. Be prepared to do whatever it takes to make money – second (and third) jobs, side work, selling your bodily fluids… whatever it takes. When it comes to funding your college education, look for scholarships and grants that you won’t have to pay back. Begin by filling out the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), then search the Internet for scholarships and grants and visit your local library, where you should ask to be led to the college funding section. There you can find a multitude of local free money sources to help you go back to school – some of which will actually give you bonus points for raising children in the process.
Childcare financial assistance. Finding reliable, inexpensive childcare may seem like an impossibility, but believe me, it is out there. Again, it comes to knowing where to look and what to look for. Your local government’s social services department will be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of childcare providers, as well as sources for childcare financial assistance.
The balancing act. Nobody is perfect… and no college student will be the perfect parent (and vice versa). What you need to realize is that you are attempting a very delicate balancing act, and that you must take care of yourself mentally, emotionally and physically if you and your family are to get through this in one piece. Take specific measures to nourish and replenish your reserves to ensure your best chances of coming out on top. This means eating right, sleeping right (when you have the time!), taking a break to recharge when necessary, having enough down time to balance the hustle and bustle of your routine, and most importantly, spending plenty of time with your family!
If you plan on raising children and going to college at the same time, then you need to prepare yourself that you are in for a real challenge – but a real challenge with a huge payoff. Take care of all of your practical needs and you will achieve your goal of being a college graduate, with your children there to celebrate.
Holly Lane is a single mother of two boys, a freelance writer, editor, writing consultant and communications specialist, and an avid learner. It is her goal to help others accomplish their dreams by sharing her experience. She has just released her first eBook, “College with Kids,” and is now offering it free if you visit her site. For a multitude of other helpful articles and resources related to the complex and rewarding job of single parenting and having it all, visit www.CollegewithKids.com.
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