Jemma from Two Mums, Two Kids? shares a problem with us. Have you any experiences to share? Or advice for her? If so, leave your comments below…
I‘m a chemistry teacher, I had been for three years when we adopted our daughter. My year of adoption leave takes me to January 2014 but my school have given me unpaid leave until September 2014 (good for them as it’s a pain to have me start in January, mid school year).
I’m only planning to go back two days, when Squiblet will be at preschool anyway, but I’m already worried about it.
Being a teacher seems like the perfect job for a mum, but a school day of 8.15-4.20 (realistically 7.45-5.00) combined with parents’ evenings, report writing, planning and extra-curricular commitments means that aside from the wonderful long holidays, it’s not very child friendly at all.
I can do a bit of tutoring, but that’s quite antisocial hours too…I’ve wondered about running revision cramming courses in the holidays….I’ve wondered about starting a toddler science class with a possibility of franchising….I look at job websites and I wonder.
We can just about (really JUST about) afford for me to be off work, but I don’t want to be scrimping forever and when Squiblet goes to school I don’t want to feel like a spare wheel in our family. I just feel a bit silly as I’m a person who has trained as a doctor, retail manager and teacher…and now I’m contemplating not using any of it! Although I suppose I sort of use lots of it…Eurgh. I ramble.
Any thoughts? Any ideas?! Just please don’t tell me to stop worrying and enjoy the next year because I’ve tried that and it’s not working out for me (see above!).