Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's Hard Being Teacher Mom

You may already know that I'm a 5th grade teacher, and well if you didn't, now you do.  I'm really not into debating the whole working mom and stay at home mom battle, that was so 2009, but for me, I've always felt that I am a better mom because I work outside the home.  I like having a career.  I've always been a driven person, looking for the next opportunity to keep me stimulated.  Since I do work and am not home with my kids all day, I feel that I appreciate the time we are able to spend together.  We have more quality time than quantity of time.

Lately though, I have found my patience with my own kids stretched very thin.  What I'm beginning to realize is that my job is honestly just being "mom" to 20 other kids for 7 hours a day.  So not only am I a mom when I'm home, but I play one on tv all day too.   I find myself getting very annoyed with my own kids at night when they ask me questions because I've answered questions all day, or when they whine because I've heard whining all day, or when they say "mom, mom, mom" repeatedly because I've heard "Mrs. T, Mrs. T, Mrs. T" all day.  

I know it's not fair to my two at all and I just don't know what to do.  Don't get me wrong, I truly enjoy my job.  It is very demanding, physically and emotionally draining, but the rewards are incredible.  However, I don't want my kids being jipped of having a loving mommy because I'm totally over kids by the end of the work day.  My children deserve the patience and love that I share with the students in my class even more than they do!!

Any teacher readers out there?
How do you manage to maintain patience with your children after working with children all day? 

Working moms? How do you balance your job and quality time with your kids?

For my stay at home mommys, how do you do it?  Being home all day and maintaining the patience?

Is it bad to say that some days I just need a kid break?!

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