Having children is a life-altering experience. Your entire world changes, and your entire perspective and outlook change. You suddenly have all of these responsibilities and obligations that you need to fulfill. You’re busy juggling finances, housework and childcare. It seems like you don’t even have time to breathe some days! It might seem overwhelming to even think about going to college (or going back) and it’s easy to keep putting it off, but there are plenty of very good reasons for you to go back to college, even being a parent.
If you’re a parent, you probably know children aren’t cheap. It takes a lot of time and money raising a child from birth to adulthood. Things like clothes, medical bills, sports fees, college and weddings can look very daunting if you’re working an entry-level, or even middle-level job. These expenses will just keep adding up, continually. The more children you have, the more expenses you’ll incur. Having a college degree is an important part of being able to obtain a job that pays a good wage. There’s a lot of competition for jobs, and having a degree gives you a competitive edge over other job candidates. Although it may be really tough to go to college with young children, it will make your life easier in the long run.
Setting An Example
As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. We want them to go far in life, and do great things. We want them to succeed. One of the best ways to lead our children in the right direction in life, is to lead by example. If you child sees that their mother or father worked hard to get a college degree, they may be more likely to place more value in the importance of doing the same. By going to college, even after you have children, you are showing your children it’s never too late to make a change in a positive direction.
Learning is a life-long pursuit, and as human beings, we thrive with knowledge. People generally feel more self-value if they have some education under their belt. Having an education also provides the person with even further opportunity to grow and develop on an individual level. Going to school also opens the doors to new experiences, such as learning to work well with others, meet deadlines, and broaden horizons. All of these skills, if built upon, can contribute positively to your parenting abilities.
Many families live at or below the national poverty level, and the majority of the parents of these families do not hold any type of college degree. These families are more likely to need programs such as food stamps, WIC, section 8 housing, medicaid and welfare. By going to college (even if you need to utilize these programs while enrolled) you are taking the steps needed to ensure you and your family will not continue to rely on these programs for your own personal well-being. You are also demonstrating to your children that these programs are meant as a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” By decreasing your own personal reliance on these programs, you are also doing your part to help keep the government costs to fund these programs down.