ETA: I'm on my phone, so please forgive the rampant typos as it won't let me scroll to correct them.
Mommy guilt is the worst.
My kids have been dealing with me being in school off and on for years now, and it seems like the older they get the wose it is.
I'm off this semester while I wait for nursing classes to start, and that was part of "the deal"...Mom isn't taking any fluff classes, even though I'd love tojust for the fun of it, but once I start nursing classes they're gonna have to be patient and chip in.
Each kidlet has different things that work for them... The 14 yo could care less as long as I let him go play basketball at the park or play his video games. The 12 yo likes to talk to me about what I'm studying, which actually helps me a lot...if I can explain things in a way he understands, I know I've got a firm grasp on it. The 11 yo is happy sitting by me reading a book, and the 4 yo wants me to read whatever Ilm reading out loud to him and explain the pictures. He gets confused by textbooks...grown up books don't have pictures, only little kid books do...but textbooks aren't for kids...and I can't explain it to him.
When I was in school before the youngest was born, we'd go to the community pool during summer semester. There was an awesome play area for younger kids, and I'd turn them loose and sit at a table nearby and work on homework. I grew up the oldest out of five though (baby sis is 15 years younger than me) so the constant distractions don't bother me.
I also do a lot of studying at night after kids go to bed.
I have to work full time while in school, so they all know that it's going to interfere with family life. I promised them a family vacation for a week to somewhere like Florida or Galveston once I've had my RN for a year and our finaces are in better order.