My dh's schedule is a typical 9-5, mon to fri workday. (Actually his starts at 7 am
). He has summers off, so I can take classes evenings, weekends, summers and online. This was working well for awhile but now that I've gotten the core requirements out of the way and need to start working on the upper division stuff, there's not a lot that can be done during the times I am available.
I was hoping they could be a little more flexible and let me work independently, but it seems not. There is one option left for me, and that is to change my major from psychology to liberal studies. In the liberal studies major, you design your own curriculum around a particular focus, so I could perhaps design one that will allow me to stay home.
A lot of psych students find the requirements of the major don't work well with the kind of career they had in mind, so they opt for the liberal studies major. So I would consider that.
We really don't have anyone who can help us with childcare. Dh's parents live a half hour outside of town and they can sometimes take the kids but not on an ongoing basis; they are old and have health problems. We are somewhat isolated and don't really have any friends. A babysitting co-op with MDC-minded people
would be a good option, but I don't know how much I'd be able to contribute. I'd like to have some sort of regular sitter who we could pay only for the hours we need, but we'd have to spend awhile getting to know her first, and I don't know how much trouble they are willing to go to just to get work. Most parents, it seems, do not require an ongoing relationship with their sitter before they would consider leaving the children with her.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of support for student parents at my school. Even the Student Parent Association just tells me to put them in daycare.
So I'll keep explaining my situation to everyone and hope someone will have some other ideas of what I can do.