Teaching is a weird profession. Because, for about three months of every year…..I get a glimpse into what it’s like to be a stay at home mom. For three months each summer, I get to spend every waking minute with my daughter. It’s my job to plan her day, coordinate playdates, make her meals, insure she takes naps, and (hopefully) shower and get myself ready for the day as well.
After three months, I’m back at work this week……and I have a few things to say to the stay at home moms of the world. Kudos. Seriously, I give you kudos. I’m a childhood professional. I have 12 years of teaching experience. And man, was this summer amazing…..but challenging. I didn’t realize that sometimes, you just want adult interaction. Lydia is adorable, and very verbal…….but it’s not the same as chatting with my teaching partner during recess. I didn’t realize that a hot cup of coffee in the morning can become a rarity. I didn’t realize that you feel TOTALLY responsible for how each day goes. A rough day? All I wanted was for the next one to be blissful and easy. I’m truly amazed by the women that devote their lives to being with their babies.
On the flip side, as I drive to work each morning…….I’ve been thinking about the working moms I know. Very few of them are lucky enough to have three months off each year with their little ones. And I know how hard THAT is. I missed some of Lydia’s milestone moments (ironically while I was educating other kids). I questioned whether I was doing what was best for HER. And don’t get me started on the first day of daycare (talk about anxiety!). But, for our family…..this works. And I love that Lydia sees how passionate I am about my job.
What it boils down to? Stay at home moms and working moms……we all work. REALLY hard. And we all have the same goal…….to raise a generation of children who feel safe, encouraged, and loved.
To all the moms who have a work day today (which we all do)……….have a great one ladies……and I hope that cup of coffee is still warm when you get to it!