What this Summer Will Look Like at Redefining Traditional!

By J. Sparks – Redefining Traditional Project Team Member

Welcome (and welcome back) to Redefining Traditional – a community and information hub for post-secondary students who are also parents, and to those who are supporters of student parent communities. My name is J.  I am a university student and a parent just trying to balance my academic and family responsibilities. 

I am so excited to be leading the Redefining Traditional community this summer.  We have lots of resources, discussion topics and blogs coming your way both in our Facebook Community and in our website and blog.  

Here is a sneak peak of what’s in the works for…


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Redefining Traditional will share research, insights, tips and tricks, for post-secondary student parents looking for info on academic planning with the whole family in mind.  

In North America, with our spring semester wrapped up, summer classes in full swing, and kids (and teachers) counting down the days to summer break, now is a great time to consider the whole family’s options (yours included) for Fall 2021. If you are else where in the world, it’s never too early or too late to develop a solid academic plan for the whole family.  And don’t worry – right here within the Redefining Traditional Community  – we will have lots of resources to help motivate and inspire you to get organized and plan for the 2021/22 school year.   


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We will switch gears and our Redefining Traditional community Facebook and website will have lots of goodies for you on making the most of the great outdoors with your family.  Whether your are living downtown, uptown or in the woods, Redefining Traditional will have tons of ideas for you on how to balance your academic and family responsibilities by relaxing and recharging outside with your whole family this season. We will also include creative alternative if being outdoors isn’t accessible for you! 


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In August, we will help you smoothly and affordably get the whole family back to school with info and ideas on student-family financial planning and resources.  Come September, Redefining Traditional will be jam-packed with super helpful info and advice on how to establish and maintain daily study and writing habits that help busy students with both their academic and family responsibilities. 

I look forward to hearing from you, and if you ever have a story or resource to highlight – please do not hesitate to get in touch via Facebook or Email. As post-secondary students who are also parents, let’s use this community to support one another during our untraditional educational journeys!  

Take care and stay connected,  

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