Nobody knows exactly how many student parents exist because institutions are not required to collect this information. However, research suggests that the majority of student parents are female, mature students who are studying part time. Student parents are at risk of leaving their courses due to immediate worries about lack of time and money for childcare, on the flip side however, personal ambition and creating long-term financial security are the main motivations for student parents sticking with their course.
This guide will provide practical and informative advice about the realities of being a student parent including the two most important considerations, finances and childcare. It will dispel myths about typical students, assess why parents make good students, look at how teenage pregnancy does not preclude higher education and give tips on dealing with student life whilst managing parenting responsibilities along with advice for academic success.
Written by a former student parent, this book contains information on becoming pregnant whilst in education, funding and benefits available, childcare, student life, dealing with deadlines and exams and helping your children to understand your studies.
Author: Camilla Chafer
Who are Student Parents?
School and College Parents
Pregnancy and Parenting at University
Money Money Money
Combining Parenting and Education
Your Choices of Education
Tips for Academic Success
Camilla Chafer is a freelance journalist and a former student parent. At the age of 18 she took her son to Leeds University and later graduated with a BA Hons in European Politics and an MA in Security and Defence Analysis.
Camilla is passionate that becoming a parent shouldn’t become a barrier to continuing your education and by writing this book she hopes to offer a realistic view of life as a student parent.
This is a great handbook for student parents of all ages. The book includes advice for parents aged 18 and under or university students, parents returning to education, long distance learners or university students. It includes hints for how teachers and education suppliers can support student parents. Most importantly, the book identifies that both the mother and father need and should be offered support. There is also a great chapter on money - the benefits and funding available to them while studying. Managing money and debts/overdraft are also covered. The different kinds of childcare, both informal and formal are discussed, with the pros and cons highlighted to allow full choice to be made. The second half of the book covers other areas which need to be considered - student life , how to combine parenting with education, coping skills (including tackling study stress, staying healthy). All are areas which need to be considered and are covered in a sensitive but factual way. It details the choices within education and also post graduate study and also gives tips for academic success. The book finishes with a help list - this contains a huge list of websites and telephone numbers which may be helpful for parents as there are helplines for many situations. Each chapter finishes with a concise summary and some chapters also includes case studies which both highlight important points made in the chapters. The book covers issues which when someone is first considering education may not initially be thought of but are important. Continuing education as a parent is a big decision and one which needs to be planned and thought about - working through this handbook will cover most situations and enable an informed decision. I recommend this book to parents or parents to be who are in or would like to be in education - either full or part time. I, myself, am an Open University Student and find it difficult juggling family life with my study and have picked up useful hints from this book and am sure others will find it just as useful.
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