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Working Mom

I am a working Mom. In some respects I am the luckiest kind. I get to work from my home and be with my kids. In some respects I am the least lucky kind... I work from my home and I am with my kids 24 HOURS A DAY! ;D

My job(s) never end. I can't pack up and go home. My students know that I am technically available around the clock. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I have spent five years building up my seniority enough to be chosen for the better classes and better schedule. I am now at the top of the list for when an extra class becomes available. Just this week a class became available THE DAY BEFORE THE SEMESTER BEGAN and it was given to me. (I love the extra money in my stipend but I had 24 hours to do what I usually do in three or four weeks!)

What makes me a little nuts is how, when people find out you work at home, they only see the up sides. They rarely realize that I am often juggling my boss, my students AND two four year olds. Prioritizing my day can be insane. I can't count the amount of time I have been on a call with a student with two kids crying in the background... so professional. :D

Overall I love my job. I love psychology and I love teaching so it's a great combo. There are days I wish I could go back to clinical practice but I have the rest of my life for that. Many days I feel downright washed away by having so much on my plate but at the same time I love the fact that I have a job other than MOMMY. I love keeping my feet in the working world.

This semester I have a full course load. In fact I haven't had this many classes in about three years. It figures it's when I am expecting a baby but beggars can't be choosers. Hopefully baby will wait to be born until my classes are just about over. The semester ends the day before my due date so I doubt it. :D Over the summer I will teach a light load and then in the fall I will go back to a full load. It'll be hard but worth it. I'll sleep when my kids are grown. :D

2 comments:

Plant Girl 11:40 AM  

Being a WAHM mom is the toughest thing I've ever done! Although my schedule is a little more flexible now that I own the business, it's still tough to juggle it all.

There are days that I wish I had an office job, that I could just walk away from everything at 5pm. But the days where I'm able to be home with sick kids or the days where I'm here to see milestones make it worthwhile.

Kristen 12:15 PM  

M - That's totally how I feel. I Know how lucky I am but at the same time I am a little jealous of people who can pack it all up at 5 and not have to deal with it until morning. Instead I am getting frantic student phone calls at 9 because that's when they all sign on for the night. Exhausting!

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