Quote from benderp
Good advice. I have 5 children (9,6,5,2,5 months) and don't start nursing school until next spring, but I am already after some been there n done that strategies and tips for organization, studying, daycare
and anything else I can use to help me and my family along my journey. I wonder if it's too early to start freezing meals? Lol. I have a deep freezer in the garage. I'm already teaching the three oldest some chores. My youngest should be mostly weened by next spring. I'm mostly worried about childcare! My three oldest will all be in elementary, so I mainly have to worry about about the two babies. I'm hoping that, between my husband and my mom, the slack can be picked up while I am at clinicals or at school. I really loathe daycare and have heard some really bad stories. Everyone keeps insinuating that I am slightly crazy for taking on nursing school when I have so many kids. Hmm.
Not crazy! I have four and was a single mom when I took on nursing school. You can do it. It's not easy when they're so young, but keep in mind that it goes by fast! My older kids were able to do a lot of chores to help out and somehow clinicals and classes worked themselves out. I don't have any family in state, but definitely talk to your mom and husband and put your needs on the table. I had to hire a babysitter during summer semesters, and she came to know my kids well. Ask around for references from friends and neighbors and interview them now, if you think you'll need someone. It can help the transition if your kids know them (both for you and for them!)
As for the home, organization, and meals.....my mantra was "this is temporary". So often we ate less than my previous Suzie Homemaker meals, laundry was folded into a basket and never made it into a drawer before being pulled for school, and dishes sat in a sink overnight. No harm, no foul. I caught up when I could and did as much as I could in down time. I graduated with a 3.8 and passed NCLEX the first time.....it can be done. My kids were my biggest cheerleaders.
Studying? I definitely studied in chunks, mostly in the first two hours after their bedtime at 8. Some nights I was so exhausted I went to bed when they did. Find your learning style and stick to it. Re-reading my notes never helped me. I paid close attention in class and in my readings, then took as many prep questions as I could on the chapters to be tested. Each of us is different, but knowing myself and my learning style ahead of time helped me to cut down on time waste.
I wish you all the best! It can be done, and without (totally) losing your mind!