Okay, I know this question has probably been asked a million times on this site, but I figured I would shed light on my particular situation. My husband and I have two children currently ages 18-mo and 6, and I'm about to go back to school after being stay-at-home mom for a year to finish up med school prereqs and work on a second degree in Biomedical Sciences. If all goes to plan, my son will be in K5 and my daughter in 4th grade when I begin med school. My husband is a chemical engineer so our income is fairly stable, he's always been a natural with the kids and doesn't mind being home with them, and my parents are in town and are pretty much at my disposal in terms of watching them when my husband is not available. With that said, I feel as though I have a good foundation given my circumstances, but I still wonder realistically how much time I'm going to have with them as their mother. I've managed college fine with kids, but I know med school is different. I'm aware that it will be hard and I will not be home as much as I would like, but will I be able to attend ballet recitals, t-ball games, etc? Will my mom have to fill in for me when it's "lemonade with ladies" day at their school when the kids make posters about why they love their mom so much? If I don't become a doctor then I honestly don't know what to do with my life, but I need some perspective on what exactly this is going to mean for my kids. Approx how many hours in the afternoon will I be home? Parents who have raised children during medical school please give me some advice!