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    Peachy
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    Hello,

    I’m 37 and single mum of a 3yr old. I’ve started to look into doing a teacher university degree.  I was looking for any advice on other parents who are studying or trying to become teachers.  I’m open to any tips or advice on how to be a mum,  study and some how pay the bills! And the main question…  does anyone regret going back to study whilst trying to be a super parent!

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    kathmaria143
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    Hi Peachy,

    My mum called me an eternal student. I love to study, in my job I have to do lots of training regularly. My children know I appreciate the value of education. Being a teacher is an excellent job, and will be useful to teach your own child. It is an excellent idea, keep up the good work.

    Education and knowledge is power, with the education you become more empowered. You can help more people. If you can find a course that has online options, you can study and work. The open university is good. When your child sleeps, you can do some studying, childminder sometimes for u to study in peace. Your child can have 2 yr funding…

    Any friends or family can help look after ur 3 yr old to support u.

    Good luck, go for it!

    thanks, Katherine,

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    Char_lotte_louise
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    Hi Peachy,

    Go for it!

    I studied Diagnostic radiography when my children were 9months and 4 and it was gruelling but I just took it one day at a time and we still had plenty of fun family times. It is possible, I only took a student loan out to cover my childcare fees as my bursary didn’t cover all outgoings and there was a time I sat in tears as I had more going out on basics like rent, childcare, etc than I had coming in so I saw the student loan as an investment. People always say they don’t know how I done it but honestly I think taking things one day at a time and setting small achievable targets as you go is key. And don’t compare to what or how others are going about things as our situation is totally different. I’ve been qualified for 8 years now and it has been hard financially as my ex doesn’t give me child maintenance either but its so worth it because before you know it the kids are grown up, mine are 15 and 12 now and I havent looked back. I was also lucky enough to find a job that sponsored my post grad position which I’ve completed now but I didn’t dare think that far ahead when I took the first steps of applying to uni. Also there are provisions if you’re struggling like gingerbread, grants from places like turn2us and I’ve found my local foodbank the biggest help, not just with food but advice with finances, appointments with CAB, help sometimes with gas/electric top ups and general unjudmental support.  You can do it, all the best. Charlotte xx

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    Char_lotte_louise
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    Sorry they were 8months and 3 years when I started. Time flys!!

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    gemmalou1985
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    I am a single mum to an autistic 11 year old and a 3 year old. I went back to university when my son was about 2 to get a speciality degree to top up my nursing. I worked full time and studied in my own time. It was hard work but I used his nursery days to crack on with uni work. I go back to uni again on 1st August to get a psychology degree but I’ll be studying online this time

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    Peachy
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    Hello,

     

    Thank you all so much for your positive messages.  It’s already so daunting to think about trying to study full time whilst working,  let alone having to consider bills and being a parent. The 3 – 4 yrs is a commitment too and i am worried as it’s a complete change of carer. All of your positive comments have been very helpful though. Its great to hear inspirational stories of how other single parents have done it.

    No doubt I’ll be messaging again about advice! So far I’m struggling to find a course and for that course to cover what I’m looking to do.  I think thats more about me trying to do research on my phone rather than a computer though.

    Thanks again  everyone x xx

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    Lulu14
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    Hi Peachy

    I think its great you wanting to do a teacher University degree. I say go for it, its never to late.

    I think you are lucky coz you know what you want to do with your life and i hope you go for it. Me on the other hand i have a six year old seven this year and i have no idea what i want to do with myself.

    If there is nothing holding you back, and you have support and help around you o say go for it, if its what you really want to to with your life go for it, its better late than never, and ots never to late to follow your dreams.

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    Peachy
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    Hello lulu

    Thank you so much for your message,  it really helped to put things into perspective.

    For your situation of not knowing what you want to do,  try not to worry or stress.  Keep an eye out for signs and be open to anything.

    I started vet nursing at the age of 27 and love it but I received an email from my sons nursery and it mentioned about becoming a teacher.  So I started researching and looking into it.  That’s what set me off on my journey at looking into degrees.

    So my advice to you at the old of 37, it’s never too old to teach an old dog new tricks and you never know what is around the corner. So keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the journey

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