Matt & Stacy
We cannot express our appreciation for ParentProfiles.com for helping our birth mother find us. Our profile went online May 1, 2008. By the beginning of June we had 10 contacts by birth families all due by mid-August. We felt impressed with one of the birth mothers. After communicating a week we both felt it was right. She was due in two weeks. Then we found out it was a girl! July 1, 2008 our daughter was born. more ...
Education is extremely important to many people. Education can not only enrich your life but can guide you to better understanding of the world around you. However, sometimes your personal educational goals are placed on the backburner of life. Your priorities shift. This is commonly true once you have children. Your time, effort, and money go to providing for them. You'll find you have less time for yourself and your previous goals. Remember that it's normal. It's all about priorities and the needs of your family.
Parenting often takes precedence over educational pursuits, whether your pregnancy was unplanned, planned, or you're adopting a child. But keep in mind that just because you put off your education to raise your child doesn't mean you have to forget about it. You actually have many educational options. They may not consist of traditional school and live class attendance, but there are options that may fit your schedule conveniently.
Some parents decide to wait to finish their education until after their children are grown and have established their own lives. This is perfectly fine. Once your children are grown, you'll have your free time back--time you haven't seen in years. Some parents wait until their children are in college or have moved out. Some find that the best time to continue their education is once their children begin full school days in elementary school, or even wait until their children begin attending high school. At this point, you'll need to re-prioritize your life. If you feel that you have some extra time once your child is in school, consider returning to school yourself. That could be the perfect time.
If you're a working professional and a parent, you can begin online courses. These are fantastic and can fit into any busy schedule. Generally, you'll have a list of assignments, online discussions, and readings to complete by the end of the week. Other than that, you can do it all when you have the time. One of the great things is that you can take one class a semester, so that you're not overwhelmed. Many programs for working professionals consider one class at a time as 3/4 time. This is perfect for those looking for federal financial aid.
You always have the option of trying night classes or night school. You can complete your responsibilities (parenting, work) during the day, then you can continue your education in the evenings. For some parents, this is the best option. It is definitely something to consider if you want to continue your education.
Even though you may have to wait to continue your education, many parents benefit. Find the right balance and you'll discover that your goals are within reach.