The lazy days of summer will soon be ending, although for us it’s not until after Labor Day. And this year I am thankful for that. Sept 4th marks my return to teaching full-time after 9 years. I was a happy SAHM for 5 years and have worked part time for the last 4 years. But this past January my school district cut all part time special ed positions, so Drums and I were forced to make a decision concerning our financial future. After much prayer, and an offer for full time employment from my school district, I am returning to a full time teaching job.
It will be such a blessing not to struggle with finances, imagine being able to actually buy some NEW clothes for my kids instead of getting 90% of their clothes from Freecycle or Yard Sales. ( Both are great places to “shop” for name brand clothes!)
But I struggle with working vs. being home with my kids. Yes my kids are older (age 10 & 12), and I have a GREAT job that works well with the mom lifestyle. I am off in the summer, I teach in the same district my kids attend, we will have the same days off, I am done at 3:00 everyday………..but it is still working. My heart is to be a women, mom and wife after God’s own heart, that is where my priorities lie…..so how does a job fit into all of that?
I worry about compromising those priorities due to the demands of my job. In this day and age it’s a high call to stay home and spend quality time with your kids, I wonder if I can “do it all.”
Anyway, just some thoughts on the subject, we have prayed through this and feel as the time is right and the job is ideal…….. yet……………
I am sure I will post more on this as the school year evolves. I know discussions on this matter can get heated, but I just thought I’d share my struggles with it.