Since it’s Mother’s Day season, it seems fitting to take a moment to honor the parents who study for the bar exam. Parents who study for the bar have an extra challenge ahead of them. How do you find childcare? How do you manage to spend meaningful time with your children, while maintaining a rigorous study schedule?
First of all, remember that you are in it for the long haul, and your kids will be better for it in the long run. You are a role model for your kids, and they will grow up seeing the value of an education. (Plus whenever they slack off in the future, you can remind them that you went to law school and studied for the bar exam while simultaneously taking care of all of their needs.)
Second, make your kids part of your study process. You should explain to them what is going on (even if they’re too young to understand). Many parents find that their kids like to do homework alongside their parent. Provide them with small ways to help you study.
The most important thing is to make your study schedule in a way that allows you to have meaningful family time every day. Some people set aside dinner and bedtime, while others set aside morning time or afternoon time. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. What matters is that you give yourself that time and push out the guilty feeling that you should be studying instead. Many parents successfully study for the bar, and you can too.
Were you a parent when you studied for the bar? Leave your story and words of wisdom in the comments!