Melissa, I hear you. I feel guilty sometimes when I'm overloaded with work. I try to leave by 4:00. I too have two kids, 10 and 7, my hubby teaches too. It is hard to juggle job and family, and time for yourself. I have my kids dropped off at my school, so we can do "homework" together. Some days are a rush with Piano, soccer, and church. We looked at moving to a bigger town, for a raise in salaries, Lincoln NE and decided against it, when it took us 50 min. to get anywhere. We decided to stay in a town that takes 10 min. to drive across. Lower salaries, but simpler life. My husband is a brittle diabetic and after putting him in a hospital a few times I figured out what is more important. We also went to do some mission work 3 years ago on a Navaho reservation. I saw that people can live with little material possessions, and have faith that God will provide for needs. When we went back home, my 16 year old couch did not look as bad, I also dropped volunteering for so much and simplified my life. I too want
to do a good job and work, but family is first. Good luck. I think many people women and men feel this way.
From: Melissa [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2002 9:37 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Teaching and kids
I see all these posts about pregnancies and teaching art. Yeah it was hard,
but lately I'm having more trouble. My boys are 2 and 6. I leave at 6a.m.
for work. My husband takes them to day care. My school starts at 7:00 a.m.
I'm allowed to leave at 3p.m. But do I? Heck no? You know the routine?
Clean up, set up for next day, grade sketchbooks or projects, do planning,
go to meetings... It's never ending. I dont waste my plan time either. I've
been teaching for 11 years I'm afraid of burn out. I LOVE art, I love my
job but I feel sorry for my kids. I pick them up about 5 p.m. Then dinner,
sometimes soccer of flag football practice. Then bed. The my job
continues.. cleaning, laundry, picking up, packing lunches for the next day
and I crash about 11 p.m. No time for poor hubby or myself. I love summer.
I get caught up on family and chores around the house. But when school
starts full time I go through this again. I think about those people with
desk jobs that they can leave when their day is over. If I don't finish at
school I bring it home.
I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining I understand what goes along with
working and raising kids right; but does anyone have any shortcuts???
I see some teachers leave at 3p.m. daily. How do they do it?? I still
wan't to be a great teacher. My career is important to me. Any advice?
Ray-pec High School
Raymore Peculiar Schools, MO