So, you might’ve heard that being a stay at home mom is the equivalent to 2.5 full-time jobs, throw some home education in there too, and surely, you’re looking around 5 full-time jobs? Well, maybe, but the average stay at home parent is a master at getting things done. Not only is everyone taken care of, but self-care and running a business from home is more popular than ever. Something that more parents are currently adding to their lives is home learning. Online courses from criminology to Master of Social Work can all fit into your life as you might not have ever expected. Here is how:
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[ctt template=”4″ link=”WVUJ3″ via=”yes” ]Home study as a stay at home mom can all fit into your life as you might not have ever expected, especially since it is often self-directed.[/ctt]
Online learning is often completely self-directed. Which means there are no semesters and you can pick up and put down the course whenever you need. You can, for example, make use of the times where you are waiting in the car to pick up the kids from places, in the morning when you have an hour or so before anyone else is awake, or in the evenings when all the kids are in bed.
All of those play dates or soft play centres that you visit can finally be more than sitting with a bitter coffee. You can take your study materials. While you are watching the kids spend a couple of hours expelling all of that excess energy, you can be getting in some excellent learning hours.
Working with your family’s schedule – while it is important to recognize that you are learning for yourself and that eventually, you will put this learning to good use, your family is still going to be your main priority, and it would be remiss to think otherwise. So, when you decide to embark on a home learning degree, take a look at the family schedule and where you are realistically going to have time to spend on the course. Of course, there will be days that just don’t go to plan, but that is the beauty of home learning – you aren’t on their timetable you are on your own.
Bedtime is the prime learning time. While many parents are tempted to sit and relax after a day of being nurse, teacher, cleaner, chef and so on, rather than sink into the sofa – get your notebook and study materials out. You will thank yourself every time you are one step further to completing your course.
Of course, not everyone is going to have the few hour blocks where the children aren’t under your supervision, and that is where things will be slightly more tricky – however, you can set your little humans up with some activities like coloring books and crayons or pattern blocks and do some lighter reading and note making and be ready to hit the harder stuff when they are in bed. Include them in what you are doing and set up ‘study’ time where you all learn, this gives them a sense that what you are doing is something they can all enjoy (the learning bit!).
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan
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