Are you wondering how you can strike a balance between your work, family, and school?

Don’t worry. I’m here to help you enjoy the benefits of pursuing your education without compromising on your family life or missing important meetings and promotions. 

I’ll be honest with you, but it does take a lot of work for you to maintain a healthy balance and still have your sanity and peace intact. Fortunately, this article will help you prepare as you plan to dive deep into the pool of higher education as a busy, working parents.

Let’s jump right in.

  • Take online classes

When it comes to school, you have the option of being a traditional student or enrolling in an e-learning institute. The benefit of studying tertiary courses in NZ is that you have an opportunity to manage your time and set your learning schedule. 

You can study at home or in the office, with a complete range of resources at your disposal. Plus, the fact that you’re not driving or walking to school every day means more time for you to focus on your family, work, and studies. 

  • Stick to your top priorities

Identify the things that add value to your busy lifestyle and say no to activities that hurt your productivity or create a false sense of urgency. If your children have a school event, volunteer for one task instead of drowning yourself in multiple activities. 

At work, give achievable timelines to make room for your study time later. Start with your report or help your kids with homework, and save social media for when you want to chill out and unwind.

  • Ask for help

Learning how to juggle different activities takes skill and practice. In as much as you’d like to manage everything, you’re not superhuman, and you will require help to keep your life in order.

Don’t be shy to ask your friends or family members for help. Better still, why not have your children clean their bedrooms? 

For other house chores, you can hire a professional company for your most dreaded duties like laundry, cleaning dishes, and grocery shopping. 

A little help goes a long way. Eventually, you’ll be glad that you can enjoy a few hours of study time without worrying about the dishes piling up in the sink.

  • Be ready for surprises

No matter how much time you spend planning out your week, it’s wise to prepare for unexpected curveballs. You might have to complete an assignment the same day you get a last minute cancellation from your babysitter.

Whatever distraction comes up, it’s bound to derail your plans and create confusion. To avoid all that, always start on priority tasks as early as possible. 

  1. Give yourself a break

Being a working parent is tiring and overwhelming. There is no shame in admitting that you feel maxed out. For the sake of your health and happiness, you need to find time to unwind.

Choose a relaxing activity that helps you de-stress. You may sign up for yoga classes, enjoy a bubble bath, schedule a massage, or stay in bed longer cuddled under your sheets. 


Being a parent is tough, but with a dose of commitment, you can make it work even as you pursue your professional and academic ambitions.

With the flexibility of online learning programs and the help of your friends and family, you can overcome the challenges of being a working parent and student.

Published by Derek Lotts