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One look at any stay at home mom’s diary, and it’s a clear insight into the chaos that is today’s modern family. From doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, school programs, sports practices to social events, homework, does mom have enough time left to think about her own future? One that doesn’t revolve around snack time and spit up? Of course!
Whether families have both parents working or just one, there is real pressure for moms to step away from the baby and into the boardroom. Sadly, most good jobs require a degree, which takes loads of time to come to fruition.
Luckily, in a world where technology is available to just about everyone, there are now very family-friendly options when it comes to earning or finishing that degree. I should know. I completed my bachelor’s in psychology online when my son was a baby.
You can easily fit tuition fees in your budget with the help of resources likes financial aid.
Childhood Dreams Can Come True
What did you always want to be as a child? It may be that spaceman or ballerina is now physically out of the question, but you may have also craved to become a teacher. Perhaps instead, you urge to learn has been inspired by a new hobby or interest.
Degree programs these days can make your dreams come true by offering more choices and specialization within each program.
Logged On Learning
Online learning is a favorite option for many parents because of how flexible and affordable it is. It allows the student to learn at their own pace in an environment where they can be relaxed and unpressured.
Many online campuses offer support groups and ways of communicating with each other to share knowledge. New students or those facing specific challenges can turn to fellow students for advice. This can build a real community spirit with fellow learners and prevent isolation.
Paying for college is not cheap, but there are ways to make it doable. The following can help:
- Veteran’s Benefits
- Military Tuition Assistance
- Federal Student Aid
- Employer Tuition Assistance
Dealing With Demand
Finishing a degree takes time and dedication. Online learning helps, as long as you can be completely honest about what your goals are.
Each degree can be a demanding drain. For example, a master’s in engineering management online can take up to 24 months to complete.
Parents often want to put their family first and put career goals in the background. Learning online can be a great compromise.
You can feel you are bettering yourself, as well as learning a paid trade which, in the future, could lead to a far more financially stable situation for your family. You are also still at home to provide the day-to-day care you have always done. Can we say mom win?
It can also encourage your family to understand that anyone can pursue a dream and that everyone can learn something new, that goals are there to be attained. They may well begin to see you differently, especially if you have more homework than them at times!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.