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Being a mum is like being pulled in 70 different directions, and whilst being a mum is very rewarding, none of them are helping you reach your own life goals. You love your kids to bits, but it’s also important to achieve a few long-held ambitions in between raising and caring for them.
Remember that month you spent learning French that you never quite continued? Or the book you started writing that you got bored with after the first thousand words? Or even the guitar you bought that’s now gathering dust in a corner of the attic?
With each passing year, you’re amassing a series of failures that will haunt you in the autumn of your life. But if you can set aside the time to pick up a few skills, those future regrets won’t amount to a hill of beans.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few options to help you skill-build in your free time. We hope you find them useful.
Distance learning is a veritable godsend for the working parent. Upon its original conception, it was a fusty and awkward experience. All your coursework had to be sent by mail, making it about as efficient as a pizza delivery service staffed by sloths and managed by a tortoise who lacks even the most basic pizza making apparatus.
All that changed with the advent of the internet, and now institutions like Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning have made distance learning courses slicker than a finely tuned sports car.
Included in a typical distance learning course is a Virtual Learning Environment, a tutor who’s on hand to offer you advice, a discussion board to help you chat with other students, and a series of modules which can be accessed at any time.
And you’ll receive a bona fide degree at the end of your studies – all without leaving the comfort of your home. Can’t say fairer than that.
Lynda.com is the answer to anyone who’s ever asked, ‘how can I find a series of substantive educational videos that won’t drone inspirational phrases at me like a dodgy TED talk?’
This useful educational tool is packed with instructional videos on everything from how to use Excel to how to become a video editor. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a big cheese in the world of business, then this is the site for you.
Lynda.com is a subscription-based service, but the price of entry is well worth it.
Speaking of educational videos, YouTube remains one of the simplest and most useful ways to learn a new skill. All you have to do is pop your chosen aspiration into the site’s search bar and chances are someone’s made an instructional video on it.
Washing machine repair, computer maintenance, guitar basics – everything is on YouTube, and it’s all free!
That’s our list! Can you think of any other great educational tools that’ll help you get on in life? Then let us know in the comments below!