Pre-K teacher, wife & Mom of 3 children

Rebecca - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hello everybody!! Just joined the group. I am rounding 42 years young with a 11 yr. boy & 9yr. and 6yr. old girls. Life is Great!! I also teach pre-K. So sometimes by the time I get home after work & carpool I am wiped out (as is my husband who stands on his feet all day with his job) and hardly have the strength to make dinner, dishes, etc. but I keep on going and love to spend time with my family!!!

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Markesha - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hi, I am Markesha, and I also teach Pre-K, This will be my 3rrd year teaching Pre-K. I enjoy what I do and would not trade it for anything. I have a 3 year old daughter and husband.

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Hi Rebecca, I am in the same boat! I am a mama of 3 beautiful girls ages 8, 6 and 1 year. I teach Head Start, double session so I am going ALL day long and barely have the energy to do things at home as well. I also volunteer at my church with music and Cub Scouts! It gets crazy at times, but I am glad to find others like you who are dealing with the same issues!

Rachael - posted on 07/22/2009

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hey i teach preschoolers...i am 37 and married to a great guy and we have 3 wonderful children aged 18 17 and 14...i work fulltime and often dont get in till 5ish after a 8am start...trying to cook nutricious meals and keep on top of housework etc is exhausting...i decided that a saturday morning was tidy time...between us all we clean kids do chores and the house gets a good todying,my hubby cooks a few meals like pies,stews etc and freezes them ..this way we all free up our weekend and we all get free time...its juggling constantly..but its worth it when at night u chill on sofawith hubby n a glass of wine xx keep going all u do a fab job

Nicole - posted on 07/21/2009

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Totally understand how you feel! if it wasn´t for my husband I don´t know how I could of done it...last year before I graduated as a preschool teacher from the university I practically had TWO jobs...my job in the morning in a private school from 7-12 and then a social service university project teaching preschoolers in a public school from 1-5 and THEN a class from 6-8...I thought I was going to die!! the good news is I DID IT!! and now I am enjoying only my morning job and my family...so hang in there....everything happens for a good reason....and it is temporary.....:)

Cindy - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi I teach preschool as well. Has anyone had their child at their center? My husband and I are adopting 2 boys and my son Joshua will start Pre K at our local elem but my youngest is 3 and I may put him in my center. He wouldn't be in my class but I would see him on the playground. Any thoughts?

Belinda - posted on 07/21/2009

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I am a pre K teacher also with a 6yr old, 9yr old and 11yr old (who also has autistic tendancies). I am very lucky that my oldest son enjoys cooking and cooks between 1-3 meals a week for us. We also have a clear weekly routine with the kids chores listed on it, so they can check them off before and after school. We do try to take 1/2 hour when we all get home to sit, relax and chat about our days before homework and tea.

It can be a struggle though and it is very important to ensure the kids are getting quality family time in weekends and holidays.

CONNIE - posted on 07/20/2009

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I think we all know how you feel. One thing I do to make supper easier is to cook 2 or 3 suppers at a time,. I usually do this on Sunday so my boys have something good to eat during the week. This saves me from having to cook every night.

Terri - posted on 07/19/2009

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Hey Rebecca! I know how you feel, I do elementary level,then tutoring after school 2 days a week and then 3 days a week I do clubs at school to get kids off the streets while parents are at work, On top of having 4 kids, 15, 14, 12, 10 they are in cheerleading, flags, dance and football so I am not done till 8 or 9pm then its late suppers and the day of dos before bed and up at 5am each morning. Its stressful but when I see my oldest at 15 soon 16 and few years off to college makes me want these last few years to go very slowly so hang in there sooner than we expect they will be gone.

Jane - posted on 07/17/2009

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I've been teaching prek for 8 years. I have 2 kids, one is 19 and one is 13. When I started, I totally neglected both of them. I paid the price with my teenage daughter, who is fine now, but it was scary for a while. Now at open house I explain to the parents that I have my own family and what they get from me is understanding at how hard it is to parent. What they won't get from me is 100% of my time going to their kids.They understand since they have to balance that, too. Now I'm learning to go home at the end of the work day instead of putting in an extra hour or two, and doing limited work at home. Parenting and teaching are both full time jobs, and it's impossible to one without slighting the other without setting priorities.

Deedee - posted on 07/17/2009

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Hi! my name is sharon and i teach pre-k children and i know how you feel going to work and working with all those children and than coming home and dealing with yours but now my children are 23yr. old boy and 17 yr old. girl I made it so can you i started when my son was 1yrs. old.

Doods - posted on 07/16/2009

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hi! i'm len, like you i also teach preschool, i know how tiring a day could be but a kiss from my husband and daughter can wipe out my negative feeling, i guess you should just tell yourself that because of your wholehearted effort these kids will be better adults someday! your efforts are not wasted... that's the best part! i'm sure you're very blessed with a wonderful family, that's enough reason for you to smile! take care! and goodluck!

Heidi - posted on 07/14/2009

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I am also a pre-K special needs teacher and find myself tired at the end of the day. I have an 8 year old daughter and feel that she gets the short end of the stick. I love my job, but feel like I have no energy at the end of the day to do any thing, chores, cook dinner or even help my daughter with her homework. Reading these post makes me feel as if I am not the only one. Is there anyone out that seems to have a system down that helps get things in order for them, if so can you share.

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Hi my name is Bernarda and I am from Ecuador, I also teach English to pre-K and have 3 kids, a 7 yr. old, a 2 yr old and a 1 yr old sons. I understand how hard is to come home after work and to deal with your own kids... but every time I see their little faces I just love it and that makes it easy... Nice to join this group!!!

Charlene - posted on 07/01/2009

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I am an at-risk pre-k teacher with a 7 year old and a five year old and a husband. I have 3 cats, 1 puppy, 2 fish, and an elderly grandmother who we have built a home for behind of us and an elderly neighbor we have adopted. I am also ADD. Not only am I wiped out but chores have always taken me twice as long as my family and friends because I get so distracted by the kids. I love my family and I love my job because the kids I teach need love, securtiy, and confidence which I can give them. I just have to remember sometimes to take care of me.

Christine - posted on 06/30/2009

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Hello Rebecca. I just joind the group as well. Im 38 yrs.old, teach Head Start, married and the mother of 3 gorgeous kids, a 13 yr. old daughter and an 11yr and 4 yr old sons. My husband does heating and cooling and is on call pretty much 24/7 so I completely understand where you are coming from. My 2 oldest are a God send and really pitch in and help me alot there are many times I dont know how I would make it without their help.

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