I have been a teacher for 8 years now. When I was single my job was my life. I stayed late, brought work home, spent hours and hours lesson planning at home, talked about work on my time off, and buried myself in endless papers on Sundays. It was all that I knew for a while.
Then I met my husband and things slowly changed. We got married and now at this moment in my life work came second. My first priority now was being a wife. I stayed late every now and then, and sometimes brought work home.
About a year after we were married we had our daughter Ava. Today she is 18 months old and my priorities are being a wife and a momma. I was on maternity leave for about 4 months with Ava. Before I went back to work I told myself that I would leave work at work. This has been the BEST decision I have made as a working mom.
I decided that while at work I would work my tail off. Even if that meant having working lunches or less socializing. I no longer tell myself, “I will just do it at home, or I will grade these papers when everyone goes to sleep.” Some days I stay 30 minutes or so after school to catch up on some things but I don’t stay all night. I leave my work laptop and materials at work and I never check work email at home.
I am still the hard working teacher I was when I first met my husband and before I became a mother, and I still love being a teacher. If anything I am less stressed and more relaxed which is better for everyone! It’s just when I get in my car and head home my thoughts change from lesson planning to meal planning, house duties, wondering if my daughter had a great day at daycare and praying that my husband stayed safe at work that day.
I am very passionate about teaching but I am even more passionate about being a wife to my amazing husband and a mom to our wonderful daughter. Therefore, leaving work at work has been the best decision I have made as a working mom.