Wow! It's been awhile since I have blogged. This year, I have been stressed out. I needed to take a step back and do more for myself as well as my family. See this year, my daughter started Kindergarten. Well, being a Kindergarten teacher and having a Kindergartner at home really takes a toll on you. LOL! I am surrounded by Kindergarten 24/7. Eeeekk!!! Yup! That's my life! I'm not going to lie. At times, it did take a toll on me, but you know what? I wouldn't change it for anything. I LOVE my kiddos! I LOVE my little girl! I LOVE ALL the Kindergarten CRAZINESS!
Well, over the past few months I have fault guilty. You know that guilt. The Teacher Mom Guilt!
I came across this blog post on "Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris" and it spoke to me.
It got me thinking about all the sacrifices my daughter faces with me being a teacher, as well as, my husband being a teacher.
Meals- My daughter eats breakfast, lunch, and snacks at school. Due to the fact that I have to be at work so early each morning, she has to eat breakfast in the car or in my classroom each morning. I felt guilty for not being able to give her that time each morning that a normal child sits down at the table and eats their breakfast. I felt guilty. This needed to change. I make it a point to sit down with her each morning and eat breakfast at my teacher table . It has now become routine and kind of a mommy-daughter date.
Long Hours at School- You know we all spend those long hours at school. We never feel like we have everything done. I was the same way. Majority of her day is at school. I felt bad. Many days she just wanted to be home and playing with her toys. I made the decision that no matter what I needed to leave at a decent time. Whatever wasn't done by that time would have to wait until the next day.
School Work at Home- This was a BIGGIE for me! I always, ALWAYS brought things home to work on. I would come home, cook dinner, and right after dinner start working on things for my classroom, TPT store, or even my blog. This had to change. I wasn't giving her my attention. Now we come home, we read together, play together, and she plays while I cook dinner. It's our time together. I make sure that I don't touch any thing for school until after she goes to bed and I have had a little down time for myself.
Overall, I needed to take this time to be with my family. I needed the time to figure out how to balance everything. Yes, I LOVE my students. I didn't want to take away from making learning fun for them, but I was overworking myself and it was taking a toll on my family. I needed to be there for my family. I needed to step back and figure it all out. I have! I'm back and I'm ready to get back into things again. I can't wait to share more with you all.
Leave some love and let me know how you balance everything in your teacher life.