With this arrangment, the kids are still in daycare (we call it school), my son is in kindergarden, and it is really working well because the girls can attend swimming and music during the day and get to play in open gym (they are at a school in a gymnastics gym) every single day. It's going so well that one day I wanted to pick my oldest daughter up early and she cried because she was going to miss gym time. So, I left and returned later to get her, and I felt a sense of relief that she really enjoys her time at school.
I am fortunate to be able to do all of this and still get to work when I want to, although I miss many things about having my own classroom. The great thing about teaching is I can return when I want and the students will still be there! I have really enjoyed this so far this year, especially since the baby has been sick twice already, and my husband is working on some projects where he cannot take time off. Had I been teaching, I would have probably already used up all my sick days, so I am so glad I made the decision.
Being a Mom is hard in millions of ways, but especially when we have to choose between our families and our work. Just because we are Moms doesn't mean we don't crave the opportunity to be ourselves and grow in a professional, grown-up way, and it is challenging to make it all work. Most of all it does not mean that we love our families any less. I'm lucky to have a husband who supports me and is willing to share in the sacrifice to make sure Mom and Dad are both happy. So, I guess you could say I'm a part-time SAHM, but I'm re Because, you know what they say: If Momma ain't happy, nobody's happy!