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A Letter to All Teacher Moms On Your First Day Of School

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It is officially the beginning of the school year, and for the first time in 29 years, I’m not starting school. My husband went to school in the early morning without me. I’ve been seeing all my teacher mom friends post on social media pictures of their classrooms and professional development and cool new ideas that they’re trying this year.

But I’m not teaching this year… and it is terrifying.

I decided last fall that when our second baby was born that I would stay at home. I worked my ass off as a pregnant full-time teacher and mother of a toddler to build my ESL teaching business online and started to plan my blog. It was a tremendous amount of time and dedication. Because during the school day, all I could think about was my son. I wanted nothing more than to be with him all day.

And now, here I am, sitting at home with my sons, feeling a loss that I’m not there at school preparing for the school year.

It’s totally natural to grieve something that was a part of my life for so long that is no longer there. That feeling of loss will fade in time. I know that I’m going to love my job as full time mommy. And every second I get to be with my boys is like heaven…. most of the time! 😉

But even so… there’s a part of me with fear of missing out.

So to the teacher moms out there—I see you.

I see how hard you work. It is unfathomable just how much time you dedicate to teaching others’ children and coming home to love and cherish your own.

I know just how difficult it is to drop off your child at daycare and slay in the classroom for 7 hours non-stop. The world feels like a heavy burden on your shoulders when your child gets sick and you either need to make new plans or stay home with them. And those long weekends and breaks leave you feeling full and content but make you take a deep breath of “okay, I got this” when you have to go to school the next day.

I’m constantly amazed at my friends who maintain a kick ass professional life and are simultaneously wonderful mothers.

So if you’re feeling sad that the summer is over, just know that there is a stay-at-home mom over here who’s inspired by everything you do!

I’m in your corner—I’m rooting for you every step of the way, because I know how hard it is.

Keep it up, you working moms and teacher moms. You’re my favorite. ❤️❤️❤️

I hope you have an AMAZING school year!

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21 Comments

  1. I’m a former teacher as well. I stay home with my son now. I thought I’d miss it way more than I do – I love being home with my son and it outweighs any missing teaching.

  2. Lizzie

    As a teaching Mama, Thanks for the encouraging words! I’m in your corner too! I’m rooting for you to have a wonderful time with your boys. It’ll be tough at times, but love every minute.

  3. Renee

    This is a beautiful and honest post. I love your perspective hey. I’m not a teacher but I’m working mom so this was touching for me too

  4. This is a sweet post! It is hard to be the mom who stays home, and equally challenging to be the mom who works. I hope you find your place in this new life stage.

  5. LaToya

    The transition from working mom to stay at home mom am can be hard at times because you will miss what you are no longer doing. On the hand being a stay at home mom, although having it’s ups and downs, is very rewarding. Good luck to you mama on your new journey!

  6. I loved your post. I worked as an administrative assistant at a local school district for 5 years. After becoming a SAHM I missed it so much but on the plus side I was able to watch my babies grow up.

  7. I am not a teacher but I can tell.you staying at home is just as hard of not harder than any other job! Make sure you get breaks and make sure to enjoy your boys!

  8. This seriously made me cry! I too am a teacher mom and I always get anxiety with going back while leaving my toddler behind. Thank you for this letter!

  9. Aww I loved this! I will be in the same position with my son soon enough. I still teach my 2-year-old from home because I can’t afford otherwise. Regardless, so much respect to all teachers trying to raise our kiddos not an easy job for anyone! also, I would love a break from him during the day as I also work doing it… but when he is gone I stare at baby pictures haha motherhood is all sorts of crazy 🙂

    Thanks for sharing <3

  10. Great post. Thanks for sharing. Teachers are amazing and do such an important job.

  11. Being a teacher is hard! This is beautiful!/

  12. Oh, I love this! I am a “retired” teacher myself. I taught for 6 years and now am home full-time with my two littles. It’s a different world, but one that I wouldn’t trade. God bless those teaching mommies. May they have the best year ever!

  13. I was a school teacher prior to having my kids. In fact, I worked as a daycare teacher, then a daycare director, then a nanny, then an elementary school teacher. So, when I decided to stay home after my first son was born, it definitely felt strange. I got used to is fairly quick though, but after having my second son and they began to grow up, I started to feel like something was missing in my life. Having a blog, crafting, and other hobbies have definitely helped. I tried going back to work briefly at a daycare, but it just wasn’t for me anymore. My boys are both in High School now. I’m not sure what the future holds for me professionally, but for now, I’m just enjoying being a mom and exploring life! Great post!

  14. I love this. Thank you for sharing, this is beautiful.

  15. Wow go you! It takes a lot of guts to venture off on your own and a TON OF TIME and ENERGY! But you did it, and it might be bittersweet now, but I’m sure it will all be worth it. GO MAMA!

  16. I totally understand how you are feeling! That was me 17 years ago! I was a teacher and worked up until the day my 4th child was born. Then I tried to return to school after having him but all I could think of was my kids. Then I just decided that I would stay home and teach my kids. I haven’t looked back ever since and it has been the best decision I ever made! Good luck to you!

  17. It’s so hard to leave our babies at home. I’m so grateful to work from home and be able to spend time with my kids. There are times that I do miss being out in the workforce though.

  18. Oh, I remember the first year I was home from the classroom as a stay at home mom. It was such a huge transition.

  19. I was a teacher but became a SAHM when I had my daughter. I still think what the first day of the school year would be like if I were still teaching.

  20. This is so true and gave me a whole new perspective on my teacher friends.

  21. How nice of you to write such a beautiful post. Teachers for sure are the most respectable people, especially when they are also moms, they deserve support and appreciation.

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