Mom of 4. Passed PDD yesterday and done.

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    Elif Bayram

    Congratulations Brenda!! Very good post, I am sure it will help others👍🏼

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    Yafei Zhang

    Congratulations Brenda! You are the hero mom!
    I am almost dying when I have to work & study for ARE, with only ONE baby kid. Finger cross I could pass the last PDD in the next month.

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    Talia Friedman

    Congrats! I'm currently trying to figure out how to finish my last two tests (ppd and pdd) with two young children and full-time work. This is very helpful! How much time did you end up taking off in order to study and get it done?

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    Brenda Margolis

    Hi Talia. For this third round of PPD and PDD that I finally passed, I started studying about 3 months before each one, then ramped up the studying 6 weeks before, probably studying between 3 to 5 hours a day, 6 days a week ;) I was doing freelancing between 10 to 15 hours a week during this 6 month period.
    I'll be honest and say I don't know that I could have done this with a full time job + children, unless I had better childcare on a daily basis (either hired or family) which I did not have.
    I've been working part time time since I had my second child. I do miss it very much and am very ready to go back.

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    Talia Friedman

    Thanks so much for the breakdown, Brenda. I'm currently working 40-50 hours a week, so I'm finding it really hard to carve out some time since the rest of my waking time is spent with the kids. Looking into some evening/weekend childcare options but the hardest part for me is mustering the energy to really study once I've worked a full day and did the whole evening dinner/bath/bed racket. I'm just so tired. But you've got double the kids I do and you did it, and I'm very inspired! 

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    Brenda Margolis

    Talia, feel free to email me at brenmargolis@gmail.com. I'm always happy to share ideas and give-get support to other mom-architects.

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    Gang Chen

    A great success story!

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

     

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Congrats!

    I'm a mom too - I know how difficult it is to even get to a point in life where you have time to take the exams, the resources to study, etc...  All without feeling like you are neglecting your child(ren).  The sad reality is that some of us wind up having to rearrange things, take time off from work, etc.  But it IS worth it!

    Congrats again!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP,  Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses 

     

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