How many Moms' are juggling work and school..?

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Melissa - posted on 03/26/2009

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I work full time, am completing my Master's degree (2010), and have two little ones at home. It is stressful at times, and I have learned to let the small things go like housework (good call Caroline) Taking some classes on line helps and I do most of my work in the evenings when my kids are sleeping or when the kids are napping. Plus my husband is awesome at helping out and we have a large extended family local who help often. I try to keep school work, and my job separate from my time with my kids. I can't wait for that degree!!

Caroline - posted on 03/07/2009

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I actually got pregnant with my 2nd while I was working full time and getting my Master's degree. It was a huge struggle--and I had to learn to let some things go (housework, for example)--but got through it. I do not think that I would treasure my Master's as much as I do now if I had done it any other way. I also proved to myself that I can do ANYTHING and use it to my advantage when I feel like I am struggling with life.

Crystal - posted on 03/06/2009

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I am not right now, but I did that for a year and a half with online schooling and got my associate's degree in July of last. It is no easy feat, but it can be done and the sense of accomplishment and gratification is that much better because of how hard you can work to do it. :)

User - posted on 03/06/2009

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I started going back to school this past summer. With a 2yr & 5 mth old on line was the only way I could do it. Between work, school and 2 little ones I don't really have any free time. I do have an end point and my husband really had to pitch in, but it can work! That's not to say that I haven't wanted to give up, but with a supportive husband I've made it through the year. You will too! It just takes us longer to finish:)

Terri - posted on 03/06/2009

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I am a single mom, work full time and take online courses. I am currently taken 1 class a semester so I have a long road ahead of me! My daughter is 7 & I try to give her mommy & me time every night to keep some kind of balance but I have to admit it is exhausting. I wish I could quit my job & just go to school but that isn't an option for me. 



 



I hope my daughter sees how hard I work & she makes the right choice to finish her education first! In this day & age you need your MBA to get anywhere. I figured the time is going to pass anyway so I might as well pursue a future & a dream.

Sylvia - posted on 03/05/2009

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I also take classes online. I am in my last semester and looking forward to it being over. I would not have been able to finish my Masters if I didn't do it online. My five month old keeps me busy most of the time.

Melissa - posted on 03/05/2009

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I have a 5 year old, and go to school full-time (12-13 credits) during the day, and work full-time in the evenings as a corporate trainer. While it is difficult at times to take on so much, I know that in the end it will be worth it. My goal is to be finished before my daughter starts first grade. So far, I am on track. While, I wish that I had taken my father's advice and finished college before I got married and had a child, I am so proud and happy that I decided to go back. It requires sacrifice on everyone's part, but in the end, it will be worth it! Good Luck!

Linda - posted on 03/03/2009

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I am juggling work and a desire to take that last class for my teaching certificate renewal. I have gotten very good at procrastinating. I need to bush myself away from Facebook and get to that last class which should be an online class last that I checked.

Hope that iit is still availabe or I may find myself back in a physical classroom.



All for now. Time for a shower before Christopher and Joe get home. Joe stayed home sick from work. Christopher is our child. He has to get online and get some pictures for a timeline project of his 50-something Dad. I am also 50 something.



Remeber the show..Thirty Something??



TTFN



Linda in Clevelnd, OH

Heidi - posted on 03/02/2009

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Hey! I am starting nursing school along with working and being a mom! It is quite a balanceing act... I still play most of it day by day because everytime I make some plans... they change! For me the best solution is to allow for lifes little mishaps and go with it!

Virginia - posted on 03/02/2009

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I am! I have three year old triplets and am working on an MA. My original intention was to get a PhD but had to regroup once the babies came.

Nikki - posted on 03/02/2009

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I will say that I'm a survivor of juggling work and school! I have two boys that are elementary school age and went back to get my Master's Degree. I found as well online was the best option. It allowed me to keep work at work, my time with my boys, and school work time completely (for the most part) segregated. My husband also works, and both of us travel for our jobs. Something has to give however, and for me it was housework. I had accelerated semesters (5 weeks in length as opposed to 15), so I busted hump during the 5 weeks, then I always took 1 week off in between. Then the house got cleaned. Most of my friends knew I was in school and were forgiving when they came over! :-)

Felicia - posted on 03/02/2009

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I am glad to see that I am not the only Mom managing to work and go to school... this economy demands more skills to stay ahead, so as women we do as need to.  I applaud all of you.

Stephanie - posted on 03/02/2009

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Both my son's father and I are full time college students and working part time. It was stressful at first, but now I'm juggling 18 hours of on campus classes, 20hours of work, his father is a manager, and I've just applied to be a supervisor next fall, and we're all doing great. Being able to work before my son wakes up and after he goes to bed is a plus, so I'm still spending a lot of time with him.

Heather - posted on 03/02/2009

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Currently, I am not enrolled in classes, but since 2002 I have been a full-time student, mom, and employee. I graduated with my BS in 2006 and was accepted to a graduate program. I have had to slow down on my MA (I have a couple more classes and my thesis to write) because I was spread too thin. I felt I was neglecting my family and my career was taking a back burner too. Now I am working full-time in a fast-paced industry and running around crazy driving my daughter to practices, ect...in the evening. I still feel crazy not taking classes; I must have been a zombie trying to do all three.

LaWanda - posted on 03/02/2009

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I am impressed with any of you who can work, go to school full time and still have kids. My kids are older now (16, 14, and 11) I have decided to start taking online courses. I am waiting for my course to start yet... so I don't know how I will go but I am looking forward to it.

Jen - posted on 03/02/2009

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I got pregnant with my daughter the end of my sophmore year of college. I got lucky that her due date was in the middle of finals week the following semester and that she came over a weekend. I will be graduating this May exactly when I was predicted to in the beginning. I never had to miss a semester I just had to lighten the load to 2 classes the semester after I had her. I also work part time on campus. I only get 10 hours a week, but that's enough for pocket money. This semester I only have 2 classes so I go to class, then work, then get my daughter between 5 and 6 and we have family time until she goes to bed at 9.

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I work full time and go to school at nights (some quarters 3 classes, some quarters 2 classes) and I have an 18 month old. It can be hard to choose which part of my life that I dedicate my energy to some days, but I try really hard to be fair and balance my priorities.

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I've found that going to school online is the best option for me, at least for now.

In addition to my career, I can handle about 2 classes a semester.

I waited until my kids were older to start back again, and that was the right choice for me. I mean, there's only so many hours in a day, and spending time with my kids when they were young was my first priority. I find that with one in highschool, it's good for him to see me studying and working hard 'after hours' so to speak and encourages him to work harder too.



I hope to go back full time in 2011 if my husband's career can pay the bills then.

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