You don’t have a 9-to-5 job, but your days are jam-packed. Raising children of any age is demanding – many say it’s the hardest job there is. But you’ve enrolled in a MOOC – the most flexible, adaptable way to learn on a tight schedule. So, to help you out, this week we have 6 tips for better online learning: Stay-at-Home Parent Edition (IV).
1. Pass the time as you wait
Depending on the age of your child, you may find yourself driving, dropping off and picking up all day long. This often includes waiting in the car, bus stop or hallway until swim class, the school day or play date is over. If you have a mobile device, pass the time by watching a quick video lecture or tearing through a few quizzes.
2. Nap time is your time
Assuming that you don’t want to take a nap yourself – which would be entirely understandable – once the kids go down for a nap, you can finally unwind and put your mind to other things. Make some tea, enjoy the peace and quiet and catch up on your course material.
3. Make time for your own interests
Parenthood is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week job. It is easy to feel like you have to put your own interests completely on hold. MOOCs can give you a chance to learn something new and keep your own personal interests alive. Courses are free and can be taken at any time, any place, so it is the perfect opportunity to fit learning into a busy schedule. Treat yourself, and challenge and engage your mind with a subject you’ve always wanted to learn.
4. Enjoy a global network beyond the nest
Being with children all day can make you feel like a child yourself. This is one of great things about children: reminding adults to enjoy life and take things less seriously. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need some time with other people of other ages. Use the meetups and discussion boards to engage with people of all ages all over the globe.
5. Prepare for worklife
If you have stopped working and plan on re-entering the job market later, taking a MOOC is a great way to learn a new field, stay on top of your current field and fill up some gaps in your resume!
6. Engage your friends
Chances are you have a few other parents in your friend circle. Discuss course material while the kids play, or meet on your own and take a break together. MOOCs can add to interesting conversation by giving you new ideas to share and think about. Meet with your friends and talk about something other than diaper disasters and support each other through the course work.
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