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.
Full-Time Teacher or Full-Time Mom
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.
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.
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.