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Old 03-07-2018, 03:27 PM
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Please don't use this thread as an opportunity to show how much sacrifice you had to make to have children.

I think that's what the OP is asking for: What have others experienced being a parent and also taking exams? Were you able to balance everything?
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Please don't use this thread as an opportunity to show how much sacrifice you had to make to have children.
Not what I was doing at all. I was responding directly to some advice given (by you).

Anyone who thinks that they should pass an FSA while on parental leave should full well know what they're getting into.
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Not what I was doing at all. I was responding directly to some advice given (by you).

Anyone who thinks that they should pass an FSA while on parental leave should full well know what they're getting into.
This quote suggests that it isn't that hard.

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I had baby#3 between Course 6 and Course 5. She was born 4 days after (passing!) C6 results came out. So I was pretty pg in May (I've taken exams 8.5 mos pg. and 7 mos pg. It's not a big deal, I don't think. Passed both times.) I had plenty of time to study for C5 after the baby was born (maternity leave! And I had 2 other little ones to look after) and passed that in Nov.

Passing pregnant is definately easier than passing w/ kids (or additional kids, as the case may be).
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That's great that you had a data point. Don't shout down others when they provide additional data.

I'm going to stop participating in the derailment of this thread now.
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You've done a lot to get ahead by sacrificing todays for the future. At what point to do you stop and enjoy the fruits of your success?
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You've done a lot to get ahead by sacrificing todays for the future. At what point to do you stop and enjoy the fruits of your success?
This is a good point and a large reason why I decided to become an actuary. I figured if I chose a more physically demanding profession, there would never be any time to enjoy what I've earned.
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You've done a lot to get ahead by sacrificing todays for the future. At what point to do you stop and enjoy the fruits of your success?
When the marginal benefit doesn't exceed the cost. If you plan to spend the next 30 years as an actuary, then stopping at ASA puts a real kink in your likely career path. Dealing with exams for another 5 of those years (or whatever) is a reasonable trade-off for most.
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My kids were aged 8 to 13 when I started taking exams. As in, old enough to sit and do homework after school while I studied (so we were doing something together), and then old enough to entertain themselves while I still studied.

I think it would be a lot harder with a baby, but IME, having kids makes you more focused on passing, because who wants to give up that time with their kids more than once for the same exam...

Anecdotal, but of the people I've known studying for the preliminary exams, the majority of people with kids passed exams on their first attempt, and the people without kids were more evenly spread between one or multiple attempts needed. I'm hoping that remains valid for me (and you, if you keep going) with FSA exams.

Good luck with whatever you decide Congratulations on the baby.
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Hi! I just got my ASA and I am expecting my first child this year. I am trying to decide whether or not it is worth it to get my FSA. I was able to get through the prelims without failing an exam, but I had plenty of time to study. What have others experienced being a parent and also taking exams? Were you able to balance everything?

At my work, getting an FSA is encouraged but not required. Any advice would be appreciated!
Congratulations!

I am a father of a beautiful 20 month old! In my experience, it is a lot harder to study when they are running around and wanting to play. I am also sure that it is much harder on the mother in the early months than on the father.

If you are happy with your current situation, then I wouldn't advise missing time with child, because I hate missing time with my child now to study.

Each person is going to tell you something different. I do agree with another poster, if you do study, you need to be very organised and stick to a plan.
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