6 Tips for Returning to School as a Stay-at-Home Parent
While being a stay-at-home parent comes with its share of benefits, if you’re ready to reenter the workforce or start a business, you may want to consider going back to school. Fortunately, with a few tips, you can find a degree program that’ll help establish your career and earn you money.
1. Consider Online Classes
In-person classes have strict time schedules you must adhere to, whether your daughter has a school play or your son has soccer. Trying to manage in-person classes with kids is by no means easy. It may mean you have to miss out on those special moments with your children. When you opt for online lessons, you can often work at your pace and complete your coursework on your time.
2. Choose Your Degree Carefully
Your time is valuable, especially when you have children. Therefore, you should choose your degree carefully so you enter a career path in an in-demand field.
For instance, earning any business degree can enhance your business acumen and prepare you to own a business or manage a company. Often, these programs are available online. Some examples of business degrees include marketing, accounting, health care management, and business management.
Fortunately, when you choose an online degree program, you can better balance school, family, and work, which would be difficult in a traditional brick-and-mortar program.
Make sure you select an accredited school and compare your options based on their tuition rates. Keep in mind that online courses are usually more cost-efficient.
3. Look for Grants
You may also have the challenge of affording school. Luckily, government and private grants are available to help you pay for school. You may even find grants for stay-at-home parents.
When you apply for a grant and are approved, you receive money that you don’t have to pay. The only stipulation is that you must complete your chosen degree program.
4. Schedule Carefully
You should have a routine that you follow each day to remain productive.
In addition, set aside time each day or a few times a week to complete your coursework. Choose times when your children are asleep or at school.
Make sure you have a calendar that you continuously update to keep track of your schoolwork and your children’s activities.
5. Ask for Help
If your children are too young for school, think about asking a friend or family member to watch them for a few hours a week so you can have time to dedicate to schoolwork without interruptions. You could offer to watch a friend’s children in exchange for watching yours.
6. Plan Time for Yourself
Don’t burn yourself out by scheduling every second of your life for schooling, children, and your other responsibilities. This time is for you to decompress and let your mind escape from all the stress. Pick a time every day for “me” time. It’ll reduce your stress and prevent you from becoming overwhelmed.
Go Back to School With Less Hassle
Going back to school can work for you and your family when you choose an online program and adhere to a strict schedule.
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