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Full-Time Teacher or Full-Time Mom

I taught high school English for eight years. Over the course of those eight years, I encountered approximately 1,500 students. On a daily basis, I conversed with at least 150 students. Some were my actual students and others were just friends of my students who would eat lunch in my classroom. There were days I would see students from 7am until 4pm. During the fall, I coached volleyball, which commanded a lot of my time as well. I was busy, but I was happy. I knew most of the other teachers and had lunch with adults every day. Essentially, I talked for nine hours a day.

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After eight years in the classroom, I decided to take on a new job: mom.

The transition has been harder than I could have ever imagined. I had picturesque images of what being a stay-at-home mom looked like. I envisioned that my hair and makeup would be done every day. I would make dinner every night. The house would be pristine. I would do arts and crafts daily with my daughter. Reality hasn’t been farther from my imagination.

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My new job has had some rough requirements. The overnight shifts have been less than ideal. My lunch hour is non-existent. I get zero sick days. I won’t even go into bathroom breaks. My experiences, though, have been priceless.

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My classroom now is a little smaller, and it holds only one student. For about six months, the conversations were pretty one-sided. I’m lucky that she loves to read—though “Giggle Giggle Quack” doesn’t quite hold the same emotional conversations as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or you have a full time job outside of the home- YOU. ARE. KILLING. IT! There are days I want to get back to work and there are days I’m so thankful to be with my daughter. I find that people always want something they don’t quite have. Try to focus on what you do have- an amazing kid or amazing kids who are so lucky to learn from you daily!

When people ask “what do you do?” I usually reply with “I stay home with my daughter.” In reality, I never stopped being a teacher.

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