Sometimes being a mom is hard. Sometimes being a teacher is hard. And, sometimes being a mom AND a teacher is really hard.
I've been home today with a sick little boy and I know it's exactly where I should be. But, I feel guilty. I feel guilty because I'm missing meetings at work today. But, then I feel guilty for feeling guilty, because my family is my number one priority. How can I feel guilty about staying home with my sick little boy!?
I called my dad last night and started venting. I told him it was hard balancing everything. His response- "It's not hard. Some days you set your priorties, and some days your priorities are set." Simple as that.
It made me think. Why do I worry so much about things that I can't control? When I am in the classroom I give 100%. But, when I can't be there and I need to be at home, my family deserves 100% of me. I don't need to feel guilty for that. I'm a mom first, then a teacher.
I was thinking today about how much easier it would be if I didn't have to work. But, I couldn't imagine not working. I love my job. I absolutely love being a teacher. Almost as much as I love being a mom.
So, today has been a day about getting my baby better. A morning at the doctor's office, some medicine, and then a stop at Chick-fil-A. He got me today, because he needed me, his mom. And, I shouldn't feel guilty about that. At the end of the day, my classroom, my students, my school- it will all be okay without me. I'll catch up on what I missed in meetings. But, I'll never get this time back with a sweet little 3 year old who needs his mommy when he's sick.
So, don't feel guilty. And, don't feel guilty about feeling guilty. We are teachers- AMAZING teachers. But, most importantly we are AMAZING moms!