Hey, teacher friends! Happy reminder for you as you head back to work from break:
Your students are not your kids. You already have your own kids, nieces, nephews, friend’s kids, pets, even and possibly future kids (cute baby pic to encourage you to make one). I hope you spent a lot of time with your kids over break!
Your students have their own families, too. (Stop. Don’t “but” me. I taught foster youth at a residential school. I’ll win.)
Remember, you are a teacher when you are at work, so teach, teach, teach. Then, go home to mom, mom, mom or whatever else fills your heart up with love.
PS I am writing this because I wish someone had explained it to me years ago, even though I am now a perfectly happy older mama.
PPS If you want help drawing this line and letting go of guilt, you should take my course You Before School.
PPPS This applies to all working mamas! Work hard. Love your kids harder. Love you all!
I'm a teacher, mama, and mentor. I created the You Before School e-course and more. I'm here to encourage and share self-efficacy skills for women.