Mia - posted on 09/19/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )
I am almost finished with a degree in teaching. I am also starting to plan to have children. We both want me to stay home to raise our children and homse-school them. I know I can do at-home daycare for income, tutor part-time, or even work a part-time job when he is home to take care of the children. My concern is more with regard to the teacher side of me.
How hard will it be for me to get a job again once my children are older, after I've spent many years outside of the classroom?
Are there certain part-time jobs or activities I can do to make that distant time easier (like working as a tutor rather than a daycare provider, or volunteering in schools on the days when he is off work since he has some weekdays off each week)?
Assuming I will need at least to get re-certified when the time comes, will that be all or will I need classes or even more? Basically, will my current degree be wasted?
Would it be helpful/make that distant re-starting time easier if I teach for a few years before taking time off to start and raise and teach a family? If so, how long would be long enough to be safe?
I'm sure there are no concrete answers. I'm sure the answers that exist may vary by state, county, and even just simply over time since education changes so often. I'm afraid that my degree will be useless if I have children right away or even after a few years of teaching--or maybe regardless of time spent teaching, since time off is time off regardless of when it occurs and change doesn't care about timelines. I'm also afraid of waiting too long to start a family since my family history for age 35+ pregnancies is not very pleasant and I will already be in my late twenties before I even have my degree. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!