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Juggling school and family


After a three-year break, I am finally able to return to college this year. I work full-time, have a 2-year-old child and my wife is expecting this fall. I am wondering how to balance it all. Am I neglecting my newborn or setting myself up for failure in school? Am I jeopardizing my health in the process?



It sounds like your family is your priority, so talk to your wife to see how she feels about the mix of work, school and a newborn. Will she need you around more once the baby is born? Both of you have to work together to determine what is best for your family. Listen to her concerns, opinions and encouragement.

Also, talk to your academic advisor at school to see what he or she has recommended to students with similar situations. 

You don’t have to go through this alone. Your family​ and your school’s counselors are there to support you.