In this job economy, everyone needs to be at the top of their game. Everyone has to find and outdo their personal best for their employer. Most employees want to get ahead, make more money, have the bigger office, get a title in front of their name. In order to do that, employees have to achieve superiority in the eyes of their employer.
The easiest way to transition from being a parent with a job to a student who is a parent with a job is to make a schedule. If you can make a schedule to fit your new busy lifestyle, you will be less stressed worrying about when you can fit everything in. Schedules can be as tabulated or as sketchy as you need them to be for your personality.
Tell your child in advance.
Make sure to let your child know you are returning to school. Let the child know there will be change and what to expect. If you plan to send your child to daycare or a babysitter, let the child meet the people they will be spending time with in advance. Put their fears to rest. If you do not let them know ahead of time realize there may be problems adjusting.
Time for school
Since education cannot interfere with the job you want to prosper at, you have to go to school in the evenings. If you can get an online education, it will be the most convenient. Most colleges offer online courses. Hopefully you can learn at your convenience, leaving you time for the rest of your busy life.
Cleaning is usually one of those tasks that you can put off or at the very least, rearrange in your schedule. Instead of cleaning every night you can clean once or twice a week. Have your family help you put clear the table after meals. Put the dishes in the dishwasher immediately. Clean up messes as they happen so you can leave the big cleaning for the weekends.
Meals may be the most time consuming if you do not plan ahead. Cook bulk meals in advance. You can put the meals in the freezer or fridge and pull them out and warm them up during the week as you need them.
If you cannot cook meals in advance, make no-fuss meals that take little preparation and cook quickly. Hotdogs, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, salads, and sandwiches are great life savers. If your children are old enough to help with meals that would also be a great time to spend time with your kids.
Quality Time with Children
No matter what your child’s age he or she will still want your attention. Quality time may become shortened and a little different. Let your child know differences are temporary while you are in school.
You can probably do homework at the same time with your children. Make time for family discussions at meals. While you are cooking let them help. Do household chores together making the chores more fun. Any time you spend with your child will be “quality” time.
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