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Single Parent Schooling: 5 Tips to Further Your Education Without Neglecting Your Children

Continuing your education is one of the best things you can do for yourself, but when you have children, it can get complicated. You don’t have to limit your education because you have a family though. If you can ensure you’re still giving your kids enough time despite the time spent with classes, everything should be fine. The following five tips should help you out.

1. Coordinate Your School Time

One of the easiest ways to ensure you do not neglect your children as you obtain your degree is by coordinating your learning time with theirs. Fortunately, if you have physical classes on campus, you’ll easily be able to find classes the fit during times when your children are at school. You might end up in classes filled with others much younger than you, but at least you won’t be competing with your children.

Using this schedule, you’ll be home for your kids when they return home from school. They’ll never feel neglected for one minute, and you’ll never have to feel as if you’re not being the best parent to them. It’s easy to line up schedules in your children’s favor nowadays.

2. Take Online Courses

Another approach you can take to ensure that you’re giving your children every minute of your time that they deserve is to take your courses from an online university. Sign up for a Master of Business Administration at a school that provides you with online courses. The positive aspect of online learning is that you can tailor it to your schedule. Therefore, if you want to work on your classes while your children are sleeping, you can. Many people sign up for online courses with accredited colleges because they have jobs and children that they have to tend to. You can do the same.

3. Have Weekend Adventures

You can also make up for any lack of time you may spend with your kids by doing something special with them on the weekends. For example, you can take them to a Saturday matinee for a movie they really want to see or head to an amusement park on Sunday. By spending more time with your kids, they’ll know you love them and that you don’t intend to forget about them, even with your additional priorities. This can also help strengthen the bonds between you and your children.

4. Share What You Learn

You could also share your experiences with your children. Part of growing your relationship with your kids is letting them know what you do in school and the different experiences you have throughout the day. An evening-time talk where you ask each other how your day went would be a wonderful experience for you as well as your children.

5. Dedicated Evening Recreational Time

There’s no way that your children will feel neglected if you set some time aside for them every night to indulge in recreational activities. These activities don’t have to be expensive, and they don’t even have to be out of the house. Have a video game session, with a game like Mario Kart or another fun, family group game. Get on your kids’ level and play their games with them. They will absolutely love spending that time with you. You could also read a book with your children or watch a movie you have at home.

If you’re going back to school to further your education and get a degree, try some of the above tips or think of some new ones. Strengthen the bonds with your children during this new time in your life. Your children will benefit from your decision and how you act.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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