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Have you put off your education to raise children? This is an admirable choice. Children are this world’s future. At the same time, you may be hoping to give your children a better life by finishing high school or getting a college degree. While this goal may seem impossible, it can be achieved through careful planning. Here are three things to consider about going to school with young children.

Go to Night School

Children are exhausting. They need your constant attention. They simply aren’t capable of sitting in a lecture hall for hours. Most colleges won’t even let you try. Leaving them alone while you go to school isn’t an option. The best solution may be night school. You can take classes at night and make it work with your spouse or partner. Try getting dinner ready for your spouse or partner before they arrive from work. When they get home, leave them with the kids and head off to class. You can do your homework while your children are on play dates or taking naps. Just make sure that you don’t overload yourself with coursework. Slow and steady wins the race.

Get a Degree Online

There may not be a viable night school option around. Your spouse or partner may have a job that causes them to travel. If this is the case, you may want to try school online. There are many benefits to getting an online degree as a parent. You can take classes whenever and wherever you want. Most classes are extremely flexible and allow you to complete units and modules at your own rate. You may worry that you’ll have trouble without being able to discuss material with a person. However, most online schools offer video conference options for students with questions and concerns.

Grants and Scholarships

Even if you can get your schedule sorted out so that you can accommodate school classes, you may not have the funds for school. Even online, education simply isn’t cheap. Fortunately, there are ways to get assistance. Through the kindness and generosity of many people that have been in your shoes, grants and scholarships have been set up to assist people in going back for further education. A simple internet search will give you hundreds of options that you can apply to.

There are a lot of things that might stand in your way when you try to further your education. But don’t let that hold you back. You owe it to yourself to get an education. Your hard work will pay off in the future.

Read this next for more great tips: Single Moms: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

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