Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Working Mom vs Stay At Home Mom


I was a stay at home mom for 3 years, decided to become a teacher for two years and now I'm several months into my first year back in the role as stay at home mom once again. I realized I couldn't be a great teacher and a great mom. My family and home were suffering. My husband is a teacher, too. We'd barter over who'd stay home with a sick kid- maybe we'd have a lesson that MUST start that day or give a time-sensitive exam (such as final exam). It was tough that I had to make a decision, bury the hatchet, but when having to choose family or work, it was easy. I picked family first.

A thought that helped put the decision in perspective for me: When I lay on my bed during the twilight evenings of my life, will I regret not spending more time being a teacher or not being more available as a mom and wife with a delightful family?

You have one chance at a family- the one you have right now. You can return to teaching once your children have taken off, there will be a new class somewhere where you will be able to make a difference with.

Photo above taken by Hex of a mother and child walking along Beitou Creek, Taiwan (September 2009)

1 comment:

  1. wow, I admire you for your decision-making :) I'm thinking that the choice may be easy if it's between family and work but it's the sacrifice of a job that might not be as easy at the moment when you have to leave... so now what will you do as a stay at home mom other than being a mom at home?

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