Working Mothers

Rebecca - posted on 08/23/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello fellow teachers! When I joined circle of moms, I was a little disappointed that they did not have a community entitled "working moms." There are groups for SAHMs, military moms, and every other type of mom all over the place, but I can never find a group of working moms to talk to! It was wonderful to find this community, with other moms that work as teachers. I received my teaching degree 4 months before my first son was born and always knew I wanted to work. Unfortunately I could not find a teaching job until my oldest was 18 months and my youngest was 5 months. The whole time I was home with them, I knew I still wanted to be teaching. Last year was my first year teaching and I loved it! This summer, my boys are 2 and 3 and I had so much fun with them when I wasn't working. For the first time, I could imagine not working and staying home with them. But I'm not. I still love teaching and will be going back tomorrow, although I'm not totally ready to leave my boys. What I'm wondering is how you manage the time between teaching and your kids and family at home, and how you beat the stress of it all. None of my good friends are working moms, so I can never talk to others about this. Thanks for any responses!

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Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2009

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I try to be very well planned and organized at school so I can leave right at the end of the day, know that everything is ready for the next day, and bring nothing home. I actually rarely bring work home, except maybe report card time. When I come, though, I am still so tired. I use my weekends to make dinners that I can freeze and just pop in the microwave when I get home. But then between making lunches, doing homework, giving baths, bedtime routines...evenings are just as crazy as the school day. My hardest challenge is actually finding time for myself. I, too, love teaching, but I don't enjoy being a working mom. Once I had kids, it definitely gave me a new perspective on teaching. I look at it as my job, where I give 100% when I am there, but my family comes first. Balancing everything is definitely tough.

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It is a hard one, I try to work at school until about 5 and leave anything not done there, then when I am at home I am there for my boys. And i try to only spend 1 hour may be 2 in the weekend getting ready for the following week, any work I do need to do at home I make sure it is not done while they are up, so it waits until they are asleep, and if I am too tired then it can;t be important enough. Good luck

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