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Kids and Curriculums: 4 Pointers for Parents in College (674 hits)

Life can be surprising at times, and going back to school as a parent is one twist in your life's story. There are more adults going back to college nowadays, but parents have a little more to worry about than others. The following are five pointers to consider that should help with the transition.

Find a Trustworthy Childcare Provider

You have probably used a babysitting service from time to time, but you are going back to school. This means your kid or kids will be spending a significant amount of time with the person or service that you choose. You want to make sure that you choose the right person to care for your children because of the influence this person or company will have. Check credentials, and review the curriculum that will be followed while they are caring for your child.

Opt for a Convenient Location

One important thing to consider as a parent is the location of your college. Sure, you have the option to go anywhere you want, but it might be a good idea to stick to your local colleges. If you’re in San Diego, for example, the California College San Diego or a similar, smaller school could be a good option. What you want is a college that is close to home or close to your children's school, just in case you need to get to them quickly. No parent wants to think of the worst case scenario, but it is always best to be cautious.

Rethink Extracurricular Activities

You are going to have homework, and you will need to study sometimes. Having a childcare provider can help but only to a certain extent. You should think of ways to have undisturbed study breaks. A good way to do this is to find extracurricular activities that your children enjoy. Your child could join a local sports team, which will allow you to study during practice, or it could simply be a professional-ran club where your kid can learn about a specific subject.

Sync Schedules

Making sure your school schedule takes your family's needs into account is of the utmost important. Every minute counts, so make sure you add everything to the schedule that needs to be added to make sure no time is wasted. Those who are not skilled at creating a schedule can download apps that can help organize your time. This will show you how much time you can dedicate to school and what time is filled up. Ensuring everything is organized reduces the chances of you skipping classes or missing that important recital.

Be There for Your Family

Some parents are scared that they will not dedicate enough time to their kids if they attend school. This does not have to be the case if you stick to your schedule. Be sure that the time you spend with your kid or kids is focused on them, meaning you should turn off smart devices or TVs. Talk to your family when you are free, and do not compromise that time. Sticking to this plan should ensure that you are still a part of your family's life, even though you are spending more time away from home.

There is no way around the fact that going back to school as a parent is going to take some effort, and it is going to be hard at times. Hopefully, these suggestions help ensure that your return to school is not as hectic as it could be. If you ever feel boggled down, remember that going back to school is an investment not only in yourself but also your entire family, and that is always worth it.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Friday, July 14th 2017 at 3:17PM
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