10 hours ago
The past 4 years have been a whirlwind with balancing work and family life. Teaching is one of those professions where you have to give every ounce of yourself to the job; you spend your evenings, weekends and weeks off planning and marking. I've always struggled with the work/life balance, but once our eldest arrived I found myself being stretched more than was possible to keep up with. I found myself working regularly past midnight (some mornings past 2am), with my alarm set for 5:03 (those 3 extra minutes make a big difference!!)
There are only so many hours in the day, and I am not one to do anything half hearted. I couldn't let my students down, and I couldn't let my family down - but I simply was being stretched too far. Something had to give. After long (and I mean long) discussions, we made the decision at the end of this academic year for me to take a bit of time out of teaching and focus on being a mother. .
I'm excited, but somewhat nervous. I love teaching; it is all I have ever done. It will feel strange to step out of the classroom after 12 years of being in schools. But I'm excited to dedicate my time to helping my own children grow. .
If you're a stay at home mum/dad, how do you find this and how was the the transition if you worked prior to this? If you're a working parent (full-time/part-time or casual hours), how do you find the work/life balance?
If you have any tips, tricks or advice for being a stay at home parent, please drop it in a comment below :)