New Mom!!

Brandy - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am a 3rd grade teacher and just gave birth to my first child a beautiful baby girl on Dec. 3. I am just wondering if anyone has any good advice about handling all of the new work load I will have when I go back. i am really nervous about being a good mom and getting all my school work done.

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Renee - posted on 07/14/2011

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Put your family first...try not to bring too much work home. Try to manage your time effectively in terms of doing grading at school and lesson planning for a week.

Ashley - posted on 01/02/2010

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Congrats! I also teach third grade. The best advice I can give you is to take some time to get ahead. I make myself stay at work until 4-4:30 everyday (there is ALWAYS something to do). I get ahead on what is coming up (progress reports, benchmark testing, planning, grading, etc). DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. You will feel very overwhelmed, especially with the new baby. My thing is, if I stay after at work everyday, then I don't take any work home during the week or on the weekends. I work really hard to get ahead and it is a good habit to have because you never know when you are going to be sick or if something is going to happen.

That being said, when you get home, you need to establish routines. Like, if you choose to give your baby a bath, you and your husband can switch the duties. That way it doesn't get mundane. And as for getting up at night, my husband and I took turns. That way both of us weren't getting up and at least one of us got a good night's sleep. It is so nice to look forward to a night of uninterrupted sleep! (You just may have to kick your hubby under the sheets when the baby cries, because they usually have selective hearing while they sleep).

Also, the best invention ever is the Motion Glider. My son slept in the motion glider by our bed for about 4 months. It continually rocked him back and fourth. I swear it helped us to sleep better, too!

Good luck; remember she won't be this small for that long and some things may need to slide (i.e. laundry, making dinner, vaccuming). Just do your best!

Andrea - posted on 12/29/2009

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Your prep times become much more important once you are a mom! Use them wisely. Plan, mark, prep, etc during your prep times and right after school. I found (since I had been teaching for 4 years pre baby) I had already adjusted to not really going to work on weekends or taking marking home, so once I had my baby it wasn't that big of an adjustment. Make sure your daycare is ok with you getting baby a bit later, I usually pick my guy up any time between 4 and 5. Gives me lots of time to get work things, plus some errands done before picking him up.

Sara - posted on 12/29/2009

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Congrats on the new baby! I'm also a third grade teacher, and I was out on maternity leave at the beginning of last school year. One of the best things I was able to do was keep in touch with my long-term sub. I had a challenging class, and not being there at the beginning of the year made it even more challenging. Talking with my sub and discussing issues helped me to get to know my students and where and how they were working. That really made the transition back to work much easier. I also graded much less work, having the kids correct it themselves in class. Working with another teacher to create centers, tests, and other things for the classroom also helped. We divided the work load and had new things for the students to try. Hope this helps!

Paula - posted on 12/29/2009

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Changing your way in the classroom so you don't take anything home is what you should change. After having my children I stopped taking anything home. Daycare kept my children until 5:00. So, I stayed until just before 5:00 to get things that really needed to be graded done at school. I also didn't take a grade on everything! I reviewed and the class checked their own papers. I only took a grade on 1 of each lesson, except quizes and tests. I also give a general HW grade now. When I taught 3rd grade we had literacy centers and I gave them a performance grade when they came to the reading table by checking their Center folder on Friday. It took just a minute per student. Keep organized too! Tuck everything you do in a binder or file folder and keep it for next year! Good luck and best wishes on the new baby!

Nicole - posted on 12/17/2009

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The best thing to do is stay organized and have a schedule. I started back to work half days for the first 2 weeks just so I didn't feel overwhelmed. That made going back full-time much easier and less stressful. Also, I wait till my husband gets home in the evening to work on any school work. I really only grade things I want to put into gradebook and do a quick check of other work to make sure my kids are on track. Then we go over it together the next day. Also, my husband and I have made up a daily job board at home so we know who is in charge of dinner or any cleaning for that day. It really helps so I know when I have to cook and can plan ahead. It really takes away any stress and I have more time to spend with my daughter. Don't try to do it all.

Lisa - posted on 12/14/2009

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I was in the same boat when I went back to work in October after taking September off for maternity leave. I teach high school so it might be a little different. I have stopped grading everything and rarlely collect anything. This helps with the organization and the worry about putting grades in the grade book. I also try to leave work at work and not bring stuff home with me. The only time I do school work at home is on the weekends and even that is minimal. I get to work early and leave at contract time. I have found now that I'm not brining stuff home to work on (and when I do, sometimes it doesn't get done) that I use my planning time, before school, after school, etc more effectively. You will find what works for you. Also tap into parent volunteers if you have some. Get them to do bulletin boards, grade easy papers (math facts, etc). Hope this helps.

Josephine - posted on 12/14/2009

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Congratulations on your new baby. You may have to rope in dad for this. Put your baby's needs first. I think the word is prioritize what needs to be done. Everything is new now but after the initial excitement and roller coaster emotions about a new babe, you will find a rhythm for the day and the best time to do your work . Having an organized environment saves you half the time looking for things, speaking from a painful experience of being a disorganized person. I am better now.

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