I also started nursing school with 2 kids --- & finished with 3 !!
First of all, forget housework! Bare minimum as in food & clean clothes; if you are married, tell them you're gonna need some help.
Cook extra that can be frozen or eaten as leftovers. Crock pots are our friends.
Try to keep your work hours to a minimum if possible (I kept it at about 12-16 hrs). I know others who were able to work much more, but a lot of those students had big trouble keeping up & some ended up dropping out (even with no kids at home).
Most nursing programs
are different, I'm sure, when it comes to how much actual class time there is in a week. For me in a community college program, I was finished by noon 2 days, 1:00 on 1 day, & then had 1 full day of clinical. That left me one full day to work (or study) with weekends off. Since my kids were a bit older, they were in school while I could study in the afternoon. Then when we had our 3rd child during my final semester (not planned obviously; who would do that to themselves while in nursing school?), I quit working all together in order to still have time to be with the baby & study.
You will probably be told that you have to do TONS of reading....um, I always focused on the actual material covered in lecture. We had access to the powerpoints ahead of time which I would try to review & then read on that specific material
in the books; otherwise, to read everything was literally a dozen or more chapters in 3-4 books for each test (which was usually every 2-4 wks) plus your reading about info that the instructor would later say "this is good
to know, not have
to know" ie Not on Test
Since you will have to be taking the kids to daycare while you are in class, allow an extra hour or two to leave them there & let you study. I thought it helps to review what was covered in class later that same day while it is still fresh in memory. Also, don't try to sit & study for hours! I think you'll remember better if you do shorter 30-60 minute session (say, the length of a typical cartoon?), rather than a 4-5 hour study-a-thon, but that's just me.
Ask your instructors if they mind if you audio record the lectures so you can play them back later (especially good while driving).
Was never a fan of index cards except for a few things like labs, but some students do really well with them.
Just don't get down on yourself if you aren't keeping up the house & spending as much time with the kids as you're used to. Remember what the goal is & how much it will mean to you & your kids too! Good Luck!!