First of all, congrats on your decision. Nursing is a noble profession and a good way for you to support your family. I started out in lpn school recently divorced and working only on weekends. It was a challenge but I had a lot of help from friends and family. The fact that you will be able to stay off work will help tremendously. I made a deal with my 3 children that while I was in school, extra carricular activities would have to be put on hold until graduation, with the understanding that I was doing something to better us as a family. I got remarried my last semester but my husband worked construction and was gone a lot. Still, that eased the financial burden. I recently graduated RN school, again with the help of friends and family. I spent a lot of time at my parents studying while they helped with the children. Make sure you have a talk with your kids to let them know that you will be very, very busy, but also carve out time each week to spend with them no matter what. Keep a planner and prioritize, and don't let people try to "steal" your time. While you will need to take time for yourself, that will probably come more in the form of a bubble bath or a lunch with friends. If you try to do it alone, you will be stressed out beyond words. Try to find people who will do things like take your children to the park while you study. My main problem was reaching out for help when I needed it because I'm very independent, but don't be afraid to admit you need help. I usually cooked once a week and made enough so there would be meals to eat for the week. I enlisted the children to help with things like laundry and sweeping, but my house was pretty much a wreck by graduation. That's ok tho. There will be a time to catch up on housework and time with loved ones, but right now just keep focused on the fact that you're doing the best you can for you and your children. On a side note, I graduated RN school with a single mother of 5 and she managed quite well! Oh, I also let my kids teachers know that I was in nursing school so, hint-hint, don't call me to help with classroom activities lol. Best of luck to you and don't give up, because I promise there will be many, many times that you want to. And yes, it is worth it!!