Those who know me well, know that I love teaching, but my family comes first. I really struggled trying to give 100% to my students and 100% to my family. I was burning the candle at both ends and making myself miserable trying to keep everyone else happy! I'm sure all working moms feel this way! It is just impossible to be everywhere we want to be and do everything we want to do! So, as a way to maintain (or regain?) my sanity, I cut back my working hours. I know I am lucky that I could afford to do that...that is not an option for many. But, thanks to Teachers Pay Teachers and a bit of belt-tightening, I've found some balance in my life. It also helps that with me being part-time, my husband can devote more time to building his career, which has a lot more earning potential than teaching does these days!
But honestly, the main reason I decided to cut back my teaching hours to part-time, is that I wanted to spend more time with my kids. I want to be PRESENT when I'm with them; not stressed out and thinking about other things. I want to be able to put them on the bus and be there when they get home. I want them to see me volunteering in their schools, not only to be there for them, but to show them that volunteerism is something we should value in our society. I want them to be able to participate in after-school activities, and someone has to drive them there! I tried to do all that AND work full-time, but when I had to go to Target to buy new socks and underwear between dance and soccer practices because I didn't have time to do laundry in the last week, I knew I had a problem!
Raising tweens is no piece of cake...but I have to say I've hit the jackpot with two kind, hard-working, well-mannered tweens! We are a busy family, to be sure, but I truly love spending time with my kids and husband. My kids are good people, and that is what I'm most proud of. I'm hoping that by being around for them more these days, I can keep them on the right track.