Hey y'all, I have a 5 year old who is nearly done with K, and a just turned 3 year old in preschool. This fall I'll be FT days at a state school 45 minutes from home, working 20 hours a week at the group home where I work full time now, and being the tired mommy to the kids.
My plan is to budget my time well. I've noticed during school visits that a lot of the "study time" people report as absolutely vital, is spent decompressing and relaxing. I'm planning to use my library/study time after classes to REALLY study. I'll decompress at home with the kids.
Also, I've seen loads of students internet surfing during lectures. I plan to stay really focused on outlining and keeping caught up so I don't run into cram issues later.
Finally, I plan to ask for help from family and friends when I need it. I'm spending this spring and summer doing favors and helping others so that I can build up good karma and reciprocity during the school year. I recognize I'm no superwoman, and can't do it all alone. By relying on my village to help me take care of my family, we'll all make it through the next 3 years.
Oh, and I've spoken to my daughter's teacher for next year and worked out some ways to volunteer for her class that won't conflict with school, and my son's preschool (a fulltime center) is cool with the same deal.
I only wish I could get some social service help. Although to be honest, I haven't looked into it at all. Maybe this fall once I start at school I can meet with the FA people and ask their advice.