Once kids come along, it is hard to justify doing things that are purely selfish. You might want to sit down and read a novel for a few hours, but instead you end up watching Shrek for the umpteenth time. Even a relaxing bath is out of the question and you may as well forget about going to the toilet alone because that sure isn’t going to happen. Not surprisingly, you probably assume studying is also out of the question, since how would you even find the time to hit the books if you can’t even pee in peace?
The good news is that you can cope with the demands of higher education if you are a parent. It won’t be easy, but millions of mums do enroll on online doctoral nursing programs, even though they are full-time caregivers for their children. The key to success is being ruthlessly organized and having a great support structure in place to help you make it all work.
Why Put Yourself through the Stress of Higher Education?
Embarking on a higher education course is stressful. A nurse practitioner doctorate degree or similar will be hard work, but consider it an investment in your future. One day, your children will be grown up, which means you will be free to pursue your career aspirations. Studying now gets the hard work out of the way, leaving you with a useful qualification you can use to gain a better job and more money further down the line. The better qualified you are, the easier it will be to find your dream job in a few years’ time; or even kick start your career once you decide to go back to work. It’s harder for women to achieve success in the workplace, but the right qualifications definitely help.
Online study has become increasingly common, which is a huge bonus for mothers who want to go back to college. If you enroll on an online degree, masters or doctorate program, you can work from home, in your own time, and at a pace to suit you. You might need to attend classes some of the time, but most of your studying will take place online. This is the perfect solution for people who have responsibilities at home.
Juggling Kids and Study Time
The only way this will work is if you are organized. Create a study schedule so you know exactly where you need to be at any given time. There will be small windows of opportunity when you can study, so make the most of what time you have available. Ask your partner or other family members to help you out if you need extra study time, for example if you have an assignment due or exams coming up. You could even organize a rota of play dates with other mums, so each of you ends up with a free afternoon once a week.
Don’t dismiss the idea of study if you are desperate to learn new skills. If other mums make it work, so can you!