The Working Mama Struggle

The Struggle of a Working Mama

I struggle every day, but particularly during “Back to School” time. I am fortunate enough to be able to continue my passion for teaching while working from home. Also at home with me is my toddler. Trying to find the balance between being a good teacher and a good mama has my anxiety levels on red alert.

The Working Mama Struggle

The Teacher Struggle

I have been a teacher for far longer than I have been a mama. This year is my thirteenth year in the teaching profession. I love my job. The pay is not exactly spectacular, but the rewards cannot be measured. The feeling you have when you watch that light bulb pop on over a child’s head is like no other.

I love knowing that I am making a difference. When I think back upon all of my years teaching, I hope that I can say that I have affected the lives of literally hundreds of kids in a positive way. Maybe someday a handful will come back and tell me my long hours were worth every second. I have a feeling they were and I have no regrets about being a dedicated teacher. The thing is, I do not want to feel like I am any less dedicated now that I am a mom.

Now, I understand the concerns of parents in an entirely different way. There was a time that I thought I got it, but I really did not have a clue. Those crazy helicopter parents? Well, I am one of them now. Go ahead and hand me my wings. I understand what it means now when a parent hands over their precious child to me five days a week.

I take my duties as a teacher very seriously. It is my responsibility to ensure that every child within my classroom receives quality instruction and a great educational experience. I do not take this responsibility lightly. I spend hours pouring over the standards and planning my lessons. Then, I analyze the student data and return to the fold, hoping that the second…or third attempt will mean they all “get it”.

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4 thoughts on “The Struggle of a Working Mama

  1. I’m sure being a mom has definitely enhanced your teaching spirit! You’re right, you can now understand what it’s like for other moms to send their kids to you 5 days a week. I’m sure your compassion has increased too? It’s okay to be overwhelmed though. I think figuring out the balance of mom/work is ALWAYS a struggle, but since you love teaching so much, you won’t have any regrets.
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    1. Thank you! I think that it is great advice to say it is okay to be overwhelmed because we all feel it! I do absolutely love being a teacher and I am compassionate in a totally different way now. I am very empathetic by nature and I understand what parents go through, but when I see parents being neglectful (unfortunately it does happen), it makes me crazy! Thank you so much for your very insightful comments!

  2. On the opposite end, I don’t know what it’s like to being a working mom. Though, I stay at home, and I struggle to get everything done. I feel like I can’t make sense of anything with my attention pulled in so many directions.
    I think no matter what we do with our lives, we will always struggle to find the balance because demands on our time and energy are always changing. We’re always needing to readjust.

    1. Yes! I think some people think working from home and/or being a stay at home mom is easy because you are home. But it is SO much harder than I ever imagined. The “To Do” list is never ending, and like you said you are always being pulled in a million directions! I don’t know if I have any answers, but thank you so much for sharing your experiences and commenting!

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