Grad school with kids

Starting grad school this September and I have a 2 yo. Any tips from parents / caregivers who have had to balance a home life with school commitments?

  • Lily
    Aug 07

    I am in school still and have a 2 year old and a 2 month old. It is hard!!!! But you can do it! Right now I am taking two summer classes and working as a nanny part time. Just have to go into with the idea that you will not be able to sit there and get it all done. You will have to get a little done at a time. Because as a mom you can't go more than 5 minutes without someone needing something! Do as much as you can when your little one is busy playing by themselves or sleeping. Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous
    Aug 08

    Wake up before kiddo wakes up and hit the library. I’d head out around 6-8:30 (got back in time for dad to get out the door) to get some GOOD studying time and homework time in..... doing it at home, not happening. Then you can finish up what ever you need to finish during nap time. Just like having a new baby, you just need to find the flow and the schedule and it should all work out ok! On school days you can hire your sitter (or fam member?) to stay even just an extra hour so you can pop into office hours/study groups. Even an extra hour can help get things caught up if need be!

  • Lena
    Aug 08

    Thank you for the replies. It helps to hear that other people are going through this as well!

  • Anonymous
    Aug 08

    When I was in grad school, I had friends with small children. It seemed like organization was the key to success, as well as childcare with flexible hours or a spouse willing to do more at night so they could study/get projects done late at night. I’m not sure how possible this is, and it’s going to sound a sexist, but most of my female friends in grad school with small children had a mom/mil/cousin/etc living with them to help out at night because husbands are great and all, but most are not awesome at holding down their jobs and rearing the kids at night as well. Good luck, it’s best to get school out of the way now...it doesn’t get easier as they age, regardless of whatever advice you may be getting.

  • E
    Aug 09

    I think it depends on the graduate school you are attending. Not all masters/PhD programs are the same rigor. I did a medical field grad program in my late 20’s. I would have struggled with that one while having a child. Now, in my 30’s I’m a mom, working and taking an online program to advance my licensure. This program is doable with no extra support as it’s on line and low stress/self paced. Good luck! Use your support system and enjoy learning.