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Recommended for mums and dads who are in, or would like to be in, education 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.
Camilla Chafer is a freelance journalist who has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites. When she was 18 she had a baby and also started at Leeds University, completing a BA Hons and an MA. She has written about her experiences of being a student parent for The Times and The Independent, and has also written for MyChild website, The Telegraph, Woman and Home and other publications. She recently contributed to a teenage pregnancy conference aimed at helping young mums back into education. Camilla now lives in London.
School and College Parent? Pregnancy and Parenting at Universit? Money and Childcar? Student Lif? Combining Parenting and Educatio? Coping Skill? Your Choices of Educatio? Postgraduate Stud? Tips for Success