Finding balance as a student and parent is a tough gig. For those who must balance work on top, it can be overwhelming to say the least. We often talk about the struggle of working-student-parents, but there’s a group that is often overlooked in this journey; the kids. Our kids are on the same journey we are, and while we all hope to build them a better future, in the meantime, they feel the effects of our hard work and dream chasing. So, here’s to the kids…
To the babies who grow up being rocked to sleep with lullabies of Plato and Organic Chemistry.
To the kids who learned to fall asleep on the floors of the library during exam week.
To the children who never complained about cereal for dinner too many nights in a row.
To the little ones who are the first at daycare in the morning so their parents can go to school, and the last ones to leave at night so their parents can go to work.
To the toddlers who learned to walk down the corridors of an empty school.
To the kids who had to share their family time with textbooks and laptops.
And to all the children who missed a good morning and, also a goodnight, because when you are a working student, sometimes 24-hours just isn’t enough.
I know it can’t be easy being the child of a working, student, parent. One day, there will be more time, and less studying. There will be less cereal, and more suppers at the kitchen table. You will walk this path together, even when its difficult, because you need to finish, and they need to see you do it. So, here’s to the kids who will grow strong, resilient, and educated because their first example was their parents.
Submitted by GPRC Education Ambassador, Casey Caines.