I once had a conversation with another teacher about being working mom. She was teaching third grade at the time that her boys were four and two years old. She told me that after putting in a full day's work at school, she would drive home to her family. She would park the car in the driveway and put her head down on the steering wheel to gear up for the REAL work to begin!
I heard this as a first year teacher - back when I was staying at school until 5, coming in on Saturdays, and obsessing about every detail in my lesson plans. So you can imagine how scary this was to hear! I was always exhausted - I couldn't imagine adding a baby to the mix!!
Fast forward seven years - I'm still teaching! And pregnant.
The good thing is that I'm leaving school before 4 and I never come in on Saturdays. I don't bring work home. I've found a healthy balance between being a good teacher and staying sane.
But still... I have this nagging feeling that after the baby I'm going to be too tired to be a good mom OR a good teacher!
But this is my hope:
1. That being a mom will help me to be a more compassionate teacher.
2. That being a teacher will help me to be a better mom.
Are there any of you teacher-moms out there? How do you do it?