Now that you’ve gotten your grown-up children out of the house, you’re thinking of how much time you’re not getting to spend together. Perhaps you start inviting your children to Sunday dinners back at home if they live close enough. In a streak of genius, you decide that enrolling at college while your child takes classes on campus is the best way to keep your familial bonds strong. You can start off working towards an online MALS degree until you know what you want to concentrate in while your child pursues higher learning at the same college. Of course, this is just the plan for right now. You are rightfully concerned about whether going to college with your adult child is a good idea and whether it can work realistically.
Do You Need to Go to The Same College?
No, you really don’t need to go to the same college as your adult child, but the idea could be helpful in multiple ways. If you can carpool or even take turns driving back and forth to classes, at least you know that you can depend on your child and vice versa. When you’re living separately from your adult child, going to the same college may be helpful if you are trying to squeeze in a bit of quality time on a weekly basis.
Will Your Presence Hurt Your Child’s Concentration Habits?
It is suggested that you don’t take the same classes or go to college on the same class schedule as your child if you don’t want your presence to be awkward or distracting. Even if you and your kid are online master in liberal studies program participants, you really don’t have to operate as one. Go to school at night if your child is going to school during the day, or perhaps just go to college on a similar class schedule for one day a week so that you can see each other in passing.
Can Parent and Child Work as a Team in School?
If sharing textbooks and notes is your idea of working together as a team then yes, going to college where your adult child attends is a good way to be a cooperative unit. Realize that your child is still going to have a unique experience from you and during busier parts of the year you may not have that much time to talk, even when you see each other. Also, realize that your child is no longer under the age of 18, so you don’t need to talk to their teachers on your child’s behalf, even when you feel that they need an advocate.
Your adult child might think that it is really cool that you’re planning to go back to college and attend the same school that they’re enrolled in, but only if you make it apparent that you are going to be doing your own thing. Talk about all the friends you have made while in school and ask your child what their plans are for winter and summer break. Maybe you can hit the books together and celebrate after you both ace your big tests.
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