Wow!! We have so much in common. I'm from Ohio too and am starting LPN school this year(September). I homeschool my daughter as well. I only have one child and no husband, so you have it way harder than me, but I was amazed at the similarities. I am also 33. I've been taking classes full time at a local university for the last 3 years...actually a couple of semesters have been part-time. I started out going for nursing and then realized how naive I was in thinking I could find an ADN program that has evening classes in Cincinnati. I switched majors for about a year and a half and just realized nursing is where my heart is, and so I'm pursuing a part-time evening LPN course and will hopefully be able to find a bridge program that fits my needs.
I can completely relate to the guilt you feel. Homeschooling, housework, and studying, plus working weekends definitely takes a toll. I wish I had advice for you as I've struggled down the same path and will continue to do so. I feel stretched really thin at times, and I feel like I need to be doing more for my daughter. My house is mostly a disaster, but I do the best I can and know that someday it will all be worth it. I'm so very fortunate to have a mother who helps out so much. I don't know where I'd be now if it weren't for her. I don't think I'd be able to pursue nursing school
at all. You sound like a wonderful mother and wife. School is a big adjustment for your entire family, but you guys sound like a very strong, stable family. I think it may just take a little time for everyone to adjust to the change. I wish you the best of luck on your journey through nursing school. Like I said, I wish I could offer some advice, but I don't feel like I juggle very well. It seems as if I'm always spending too much time on one thing and not enough on others. If I'm doing housework, I feel guilty about not studying. If I'm studying, I feel guilty about not homeschooling or doing housework. Its definitely a catch-22. Please just know that you're not alone, and you will get through! Hang in there!!