How Returning to School Can Affect Your Children

There are countless reasons that we choose to go back to school. Some do it because they need a change, and others just want to further their education. Whatever you choose as your reason, you should always weigh the pros and cons before you make your decision, especially if you have children.

I Happy Girl Hopscotch; Credit: D Sharon Pruitt am a 40-year-old single mother of 4 children who range in age from 5 to 17 years old, so I know this from experience. The choice I made to go back to school affects my children in good and bad ways.

There are several good effects:

> Showing them that if I can show up every day, then they can too.
> Doing homework between taking care of them shows them determination in getting things done.
> Getting good grades encourages them to try harder in their own studies.

Overall, the most positive effect is that it lets my children know that they can do anything as long as they try.

There are effects that can be considered negative:

> It takes my time and focus off of my children.
> I cannot do as much as I used to be able to do.
> My children have noticed that I need them to help around the house more.
> My daughter finds herself cooking dinner more often.
> My three boys find themselves having to do more chores.

But to me, a few of these could also be positives. My children are learning to have more responsibility, as well as respect for others.

Overall I feel that the pros outweigh the cons. But everyone will have different pros and cons. You should list your positives and negatives to see if returning to school is best for you, and make your decision carefully.

I think that I made a great decision not only for myself but for my children as well.


Author Bio
Annette Brannen is completing the Medical Specialties courses at Flagstaff campus of CollegeAmerica. She is a single mother of 4 who wants to better her life for herself and her children. She worked in the medical field after earning her high school certificate, but then moved to a career in retail management. After 15 years, she misses working with the patients and the helping side of customer care. She loves to spend time with her children doing lots of crafts.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745417976 Mary Mohr

    Great blog Annette, straight from experience. I was a single mother when I was getting my bachelor and master’s degree. It was difficult, but I knew I was doing the right thing. Congratulations on your decision!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000201974325 Connie Hooper

     You go Annette!  There is nothing more inspiring than to see a single woman with 4 children make the decision to improve & better her life by going back to school. I applaud you & give you Kudos for what you are attempting to do. You WILL be successful as you are one determined lady & with God as your helper you WILLmake it all the way! ;D

  • http://twitter.com/suz7771 Suzanne Scales

    What a great topic, Annette!  Thank you for sharing.

  • julielancaster

    Annette – you are an inspiration!

  • Merrie_Heath

    Annette – when I was a single mom, working full-time and going to school full-time to complete my business degree, my two boys and I faced our share of challenges, but it was worth every minute! I remember the day I was up to my eyeballs in spreadsheets and school books when I felt a gentle tug on my sleeve and there was my little eight year old with a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. He said, “Here, mom – I thought you might be hungry.” He was so sweet, I almost cried! Now days I get to bring him PB&J’s while he studies for his college classes!

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