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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