Join Date: Jun 2005
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I don't think you are being selfish at all. You've spent the last 9 years focusing on your kids, and considering your youngest is 4, I really don't think this is a bad time to go to school. If anything, you are doing this for the better of your family - whether it's to gain employment and help make ends meet when you are through with school, or if it's to make yourself happy, which your family will benefit from. Honestly, I'm sure your mom means well, but it isn't very encouraging and helpful to make comments like that.
My kids are 9,7,5, and 3 - and for me, this is the perfect time to finish school. I need to do it for me, and I need to do it for them. The longer I wait, the longer it will take to be done. If the next couple years are a bit of a juggle, and everyone has to make slight sacrifices, I think it will be completely worth it in the end.
I think you will find that adjusting to multiple courses vs. just the one will help you manage your time in the rest of your life. I mean, sure, you'll have more schoolwork - but you won't be focusing on just the one class. Maybe by dividing up the amount of time you would spend on one class into all of your classes will still leave enough time and energy to devote to everything else. Not sure if I'm making much sense - LOL - but for me, taking several classes isn't that much more overwhelming than only one class. I think I just manage my 'school work' time more efficiently?
Anyhow, I wish you the best. Don't let other people bring you down. You wouldn't have enrolled in school if you didn't think it was the right time... and really, if it doesn't seem to be working out, you can either drop your courses or finish the semester and then take time off before starting again. I had to do this years ago when my 2nd baby was born - b/c I wasn't juggling it all well. Even though I have more kids now -- we're in a better place for it to work out. I am in my 3rd semester since going back to school, and while it took some adjusting to fit it in our life, it hasn't been bad at all.