Quitting my teaching job was probably the most difficult decision I’ve ever made. I know other women say it was the easiest decision they ever made. You love your kids more anything, so it should be a no-brainer right? Well, it didn’t seem that straightforward to me. Maybe that’s because I’m horrible at making decisions and often second-guess my dinner choice at restaurants once I see other people’s food. So I relied on the old pro-con list. Or in this case the pro-pro list. I’d recommend it for dinner menus as well. 🙂
Reasons to keep my job as a teacher
- I love kids- it’s the reason anyone becomes a teacher. They say funny things. They give hugs. Enough said.
- Teaching new things is fun. Maybe I like being a know-it-all? I seem really smart compared to eight-year-olds.
- I have something that is mine. It’s my own little world away from the family.
- I feel like I’m doing important work. I’m contributing to society and making a difference. It’s not curing cancer, but it’s something.
- I got lucky with a great school community. I loved my co-workers, principal, and parents. I couldn’t ask for better support as a teacher.
- I get paid. Who doesn’t like that?
Reasons why I should stay home with my kids
- I love MY kids. My happiest moments in life are having fun with my two girls.
- It is a calmer life. I know being a stay-at-home mom can be hectic sometimes. But, to me, it feels more laid back than being a working mom. No morning hustle out to get everyone dressed, fed, and packed up. No trying to start dinner the moment you walk through the door after a busy day.
- More freedom. It’s beautiful outside and I want to go to the zoo? Done. It’s cold outside and I want to snuggle up and watch a movie? Done.
- Daycare is expensive. Yeah, I was still making money…but not that much.
- They are only little once and then it’s over.
And that last reasons is the one that sold it to me. How many years do I have left before both my kids are in school? Three. That’s not much. Why not spend as much time as possible with my kids in those three years? So here I am. (Okay technically right now I am spending time with the computer because my kids are upstairs napping, but you knew what I meant, right?)