When should moms go back to school?Some people hate clichés; I happen to love them. I believe they generally tell a life’s truth. But there is one I really don’t want to believe, and it goes like this: Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems. ‘Cause if it’s true, I’m in a world of hurt in a few years.

The reason I’m pondering this is because I wonder when the best time might be to get that degree I’ve been hankering. Should I try it when the babies are still knee high or when they’re in high school?

So I turned to what I consider reliable sources: friends I know via an online chat group. I consider this group to be more objective than people I see every day. That is because the everyday friends hear all of my complaints; those I meet on Facebook or elsewhere tend to see me at my most optimistic.

I asked: Hit the books when they’re little or when they’re older? Surprisingly, everyone encouraged me to go – and go now. My friend Julie put it best: “It will only get easier to put it off.”  Is it because she knows how much of a procrastinator I am? Perhaps.

Then I heard from Amy, who is a registered nurse. She was in school while still pregnant. Five babies later, she’s still thinking about going back for another degree. She made a great point: “It was easiest for me when the kids were smaller. Yes, I missed a lot of them in their baby stages, but now I can really be there for them for what they’ll REMEMBER! Their football games! Concerts. Other events that are important.”

Laura is in her third year, plugging away. Her kids were 4 and 6 when she started school. She too recommended going when the kiddies were still kiddos. Her take? “I only have to be out of the house for 3 hours a day, five days a week (and for most of that THEY were also in school) and that’s a full course load. I do my homework when they are asleep or at school. I love it, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done…if you can get a sitter for a few hours, I highly recommend it.”

This is what makes motherhood great – these are women who know how much I love to research every decision, and they gave me some truly objective and thoughtful advice. I’m still working through some of my decisions, and I haven’t found all of my answers yet. But at least I know I have the support of some great moms along the way.

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