just joined.. starting school in sept, after 13 years! YIKES!

Desiree - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello!
Im Desiree, and I was laid off from my job last month, with no prospects in m feild! :( I loved my job. I worked as an apprentice optician. So that sucked. Now I've decided that its time to go back to school. I've always thought about getting a nursing degree, but always had a billion excuses why I couldn't do it.
Im in the process of trying to qualify for some grants and what not to help with worker re-training, so keep fingers crossed for me!

Anyway, so I graduated HS in 1997, and Im now going back to college. I have two kids. My oldest is 9 and then I also have a very energetic 2 year old. My husband is really supportive, but he works most of the time, so its mostly the kids and I.

Im not sure how Im going to afford daycare while Im going to school? I applied for state help and make $20 too much..... Which is beyond frustrating to me.

Anyone else kind of in the same boat? I can use all the advice I can get! Im really worried about juggling all of it. I also might have to go back to work, although where and how is beyond me?

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Tasika - posted on 11/01/2010

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Hello Desiree!
I would say that your best bet would be to try online schooling. When I began school just over two years ago I didn't know how I could handle it because for one it had been 11 years since I had graduated (I too graduated in 97) and at the time my girls were not old enough to be left alone. My husband is just like your husband very supportive and encouraging, but most of the time it is just the kids and I do to him holding a fulltime and partime job. I'm not complaining because he decided to work an extra job so that I wouldn't have to and I would be able to focus on my degree. So to make a long story short I had no choice but to choose online that way I could handle being a mother, wife, and student. Don't let online schooling scare you...I think that is the best option for parents who have smaller children and who cannot afford daycare. All of my classwork and housework is done while my husband is at work and my kids are in school. If I do not finish anything during the day it is put off until my kids are in the bed for the evening. So as far as going back to work if you are home you do not have to worry about daycare for you children. Continue to apply for all the scholarships that you can possibly apply for through scholarships.com or fastweb.com. Good luck and best wishes!

Christine - posted on 10/27/2010

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GOOD LUCK, I ALSO WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER....14 OR SO YRS. I WORK, HAVE 3 BOYS... PLANNING IS THE KEY. HAVE CLOTHES READY, MEALS PLANNED AND OH YEA, TRY TO FIND TIME TO SLEEP

Desiree - posted on 08/17/2010

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Thanks everyone!
Things are starting to work out, and my stress level is finally going down! As things stand, I've been approved for one of two grants, so far. So that will help the financial burdon a LOT!! And my husband and I are working out how to re arrange our schedules so we dont have to use any more daycare then neccessary! Right now, we're hoping to only have to pay for a couple days a week! Which we can afford! Im very lucky tho, that I really like the lady who babysits my son! And he loves going to her home! My daughter will go to my MIL's house after school, so I wont have to worry about that.

Annekke - posted on 08/17/2010

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Desiree, just like you I have decided to go back to school. In the area I live, my best opportunity is to be a teacher, and I found a school that has classes at night, one to two nights a week. I'm a stay-at-home mom and luckily, my husband's schedule will allow for me to go to school when he is not working. I agree with Becki--it can be done if you are ready to make the commitment and you have a supportive family backing your decision.

Becki - posted on 08/12/2010

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i am in a simular situation to yours, i also graduated in 1997, my children are 12, 10 and 2 (with 2 step children ages 14 & 17 but they only reside with us on a limited basis) and am in my second quarter of classes, i am working towards an associates degree in paralegal studies. none of our three kids have ever seen the inside of a day care center (we do not believe in someone else raising our children plus its too expensive). for years my husband was a stay at home parent, with the addition of our last baby he went back to work. he works night and never works on the nights i have classes (currently mon and thurs nights, no online classes). him and i have very limited time together and it does take some work on our older children's part. my lunch breaks are spent doing homework, as well as the hour i have between work and classes. so far i have done well on not doing much homework at home, i try very hard to keep weekends family time. i can not lie it is a huge struggle! financially, emotionally and every other way you can think of. but we keep pluggin away at it with the hopes that in the end this will pay off, i am quite confident it will but do find myself questioning my choice and the effect it has on my family. if you have a strong enough will to improve your families life you CAN DO THIS! best of luck to you :)

Jane - posted on 08/11/2010

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Yep, online vs hands-on clinical study does have it's limitations. Remember to do thorough background checks when choosing a daycare. Take care :)

Desiree - posted on 08/11/2010

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Thanks Jane,
Unfortunatly I'll be a nursing student, so no chance of online classes for that. At least nothing that I'd be able to get an acutal job from.
But my husband and I are going to try to work around our schedules as much as possible.
Thanks for the advice.

Jane - posted on 08/11/2010

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Hi Desiree,
I have three children (all 4 years a part), I am 47 years old, am in my Master's program in Psychology, and my children have never seen the inside of a daycare because I go to school online. I have my little guy all day but the other two go to school, so I try to get all my textbook reading done when they are in school, and I do all my writing once they are in bed for the night. This has worked well for me for the last five years. I hope this helps, be well, cheers!

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