5 Tips for Juggling School, Work and Family Responsibilities

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Many adult learners find themselves feeling guilty for studying instead of spending quality time with family, especially those with children. In fact, Learning House reports that 41% of online students are parents.

Add on the responsibility of a part-time or full-time job, and it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day for adult learners. Juggling school, work and family responsibilities may be tough, but it is possible to do. Here are five tips to help you succeed in each area.

1. Explain Yourself

At a young age, children may not understand why you are spending less time playing with them and more time on the computer. Sit down with your family and have a talk about your academic goals. Explain to them why you are pursuing your degree and tell them why this time studying is important to your success and your family’s success.

2. Establish Weekly Family Traditions

Create a weekly event with your family. It could be pizza dinners on Tuesday, game nights on Wednesday or Saturday family picnics. A scheduled event like this gives you and your children an exciting event to look forward to, and it’s a great time to reconnect and grow closer.

3. Be Flexible

Life happens, and we know that well-thought-out plans can change in an instant. Don’t let your educational dreams fall to the wayside just because circumstances change. Reach out to your school support staff and discuss your options when things get tough. It may be possible to receive a course extension, update your enrollment option or tap into new support services.

4. Connect With Other Students

Many online students are going through similar struggles with the school-work-family balancing act. Be sure to connect with fellow students whenever possible to network and find out what works for them. You can meet other students through online discussion boards, social media groups or alumni chapter groups.

5. Study Together

Create a legacy of education in your family. Show your children your commitment to your schoolwork and it will impress upon them the importance of education. Do your homework with your children when you get home and read together whenever possible. Demonstrating that hard work can be tough, but rewarding, will allow them to be better students, teammates and workers in the future.


Learn more about education options that can fit around your busy schedule by heading to ColumbiaSouthern.edu or by calling 877-347-6050.

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