Going back to school

Rachel - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I gave birth to my son (Sebastian Christopher) on Nov 16th. I am looking to go back to school in the spring but would like advice with regards to continuing to tke care of my son.

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La - posted on 12/18/2009

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I go to school part time. I'm there on monday and wednesday evenings and every other saturday and sunday during the day. My fiance works mon-fri 9-5 so my daughter is always in the care of one of her parents. I felt guilty at first, especially when I was still breastfeeding, but after awhile I looked at it as a much needed break from diapers LOL!

Danielle - posted on 12/17/2009

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I went back to school when my son was about 4 months old. I won't lie to you it was a little hectic. Basically, I tried to get him on a schedule as well as I could. He goes to bed at 7pm every night which left me with plenty of time to get my homework done and actually get to bed at a half decent hour. It helps if your little guy is sleeping through the night I would imagine. Mine just started sleeping through at 7 months old. Also, I recommend doing as much stuff through distance education/online as possible. You have to do a lot more of your work independently but it beats having to find sitters and getting to early morning classes.

Ashlye - posted on 12/17/2009

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I also had my first daughter in June of 09, i too had decided to go back to school. However i am doing my schooling online through rio salado. I take care of my daughter Loreli, and find time for my studies, i have noticed she actually likes it when i read out loud, she watches me, she is very good for me when i am in doinf my schooling. Hope this helps

Monique - posted on 12/17/2009

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there's always that struggle for balance, no matter what you decide to do... But I took it slow. Never took more than 12 credit hours till my last semester. My advice? Do what you're doing; whatever you have to to make it happen. Agree with all the above: look into daycare @ school, make friends with other mothers you can trust and work out a schedule to exchange sitters or sit for each other... Good luck.

Alisha - posted on 12/17/2009

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congratulations on your baby boy! let me start by saying that being a mom can be the most insane job in the world, there are going to be ups and downs and there is always going to be someone around who thinks that they have the answers, so first and foremost always follow your heart and do what is best for you and your family! :)

now as far as your question goes, depending on what college you are going to depends on what options you have available to you, some campuses have childcare facilities (you could see your little guy!) and most campuses offer on-line classes for at least some subjects, if you attend a church in your community they may have a childcare facility available also. you have a bit of time to prepare but you might want to start researching childcare options now, as it can often be difficult to find good care for children under a year old. dependin on what hours and for how long you are attending school, things might get a bit hectic, having Sebastian on a schedule that you are able to maintain might make things a bit easier. try to put aside a time period when your partner or someone in your support system is available so that you are able to study and do schoolwork. dont be afraid to ask for help! take care of yourself! and keep up the good work! welcome to motherhood!

Shana - posted on 12/17/2009

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I went back to school about 3 months after my son was born. It is difficult to balance between the two because your child's needs always seem more important than your school work. I chose to go through an adult learner program which allows you to go to class one night a week for roughly 4 hrs and classes are only 4-6weeks. I also am taking some classes through a tech school because it is cheaper and i am allowed to transfer in 80 credits and those classes I usually take online or self paced. This has been a lot easier than going to a typical college setting. Also hopefully you have some support around that is able to help when you need to get things done for school so that you are spending as much time w/ your son but also have a set schedule of when you can get school stuff taken care of.

Hope - posted on 12/17/2009

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i decided to do some of my college work online through ashworth college. i started in july and will be done with the whole program next month. so you may wanna look into accredited online courses. you can also see if the campus you wanna attend offer childcare. some do.

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