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Ways to Balance Family and Online Schooling

Finding time for school between family commitments like soccer games and doctor’s visits can be difficult for working adult students. Sitting in front of your computer for hours means time away from your family and studying at home means constant interruption. Follow the simple suggestions below to help keep peace in your household.

  • Understand that you can’t do it alone. Asking for help when you need it is the smartest thing you can do when trying to manage a busy schedule. Enlist the help of your spouse, parents, relatives and friends. Remember: The important people in your life understand the benefits of earning a college degree – increased job opportunities, better pay, and lower unemployment.
  • Get organized. Keep a family calendar and mark important dates on it – including everything from vet appointments to essay due dates, homework and study time to vacation time. Consult the calendar before committing to anything. Doing this will help you meet deadlines and will allow you to plan ahead.
  • Include your family. Getting your family involved in your education will let them know that you are accomplishing something meaningful. It sets an example for kids that education is important. Discuss interesting facts that you learn during dinner or during car trips. Plan family educational trips like a visit to the zoo or museum around what you are studying.
  • Study together. What better way to build a lasting love of learning by studying alongside your kids while they complete their homework. Not only will your children learn the importance of education, you will get to spend time with them and get some work done as well.
  • Make time for fun. Set aside one evening a week that is completely devoted to your family. Put it on the calendar at the beginning of the semester and don’t let it slide. Play games, go for ice cream or watch a movie together – this quality time will go a long way.

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