I have to agree with the posts here. Accept your limits and accept that you will have to compromise some. I went through school over 6yrs just to get my ADN!!! I took one class at a time until the nursing "program" but then I only had to take the core classes. I wasn't gone from home but @ 2hrs/day except on clinical days. I FORTUNATELY didn't have to work. We barely scraped by paying for bills, but you do what you have to do. Besides it was actually cheaper than paying daycare or a babysitter fulltime just so I could bring home what kind of pay?? nothing. We had no money, but I could go to school and still be a mom to my kids. I felt like a single parent while in the nursing program only b/c my husband was a long haul truck driver at the time and was only home for fri and sat night (If I was lucky)....it paid off in the end. I 've been a nurse for 5yrs and am also back in school again for my BSN (gotta love on-line classes!!!
We have 3 kids now, the youngest is 3. My husband actually is for the most part a fulltime dad while I work nights. Money situation is better too.
It can be done
You will feel guilty
Accept that you can't do everything
Stay up late/get up early to study
If at all possible cut back hours? (yea I know......)
Keep your goal in your mind.
You end up teaching your kids a extremely valuable lesson through all this too....
Determination and persistance pay off if you want something bad enough.....
Like I tell my oldest children...There will not be any excuse not to go to college and do well....if I could do it and still am doing it will children so can you!!!
Good luck and every once in awhile take a "me" time!! It helps!!