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Slow down the education process if needed. Keep your priorities in order. Make sure you are still a part of their lives. I spent 11 years getting my college degree, taking many classes on my lunch hour and at night. Try not to miss those important school activities such as PTA meetings, teacher conferences, school carnivals, play days, etc. You have the rest of your life to get an education, but you only have your children for a few short years. Remember the tortoise won the race as the hare expended himself too quickly.
As a single parent it has been a 4 year process to earn an Associates degree. Now that my sons are both over 21 and my daughter is in her last 2 years of high school, with their support I've finally returned to school full time to not just complete that associates but push to go all the way for my MBA. My daughter and I joke often that we both will be graduating together in 2009!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|