Teacher Mamas!



Dear Teacher-Mamas,

I know life as a teacher-mama is tough work. I know you come home from school completely exhausted, but still somehow manage to find the energy to make dinner for your family, play with your kids, take them to piano lessons and soccer practice, help them with their own homework, put them in the tub, do the whole bedtime routine, and then kiss your kids goodnight. I know that on Monday and Tuesday this job doesn't seems so hard, but by Thursday and Friday, you can hardly keep your eyes open through dinner.

This post is dedicated to all the mamas (and daddies...) in the world who have to juggle two very important jobs: teaching your 20-30+ students and loving your own little darlings.

I send my love to everyone who has ever done any of the following:
  • Woken up long before the sun comes up to get yourself and your kids ready and out the door, and still managed to make it to work on time.
  • Waited until the kids are all in bed before you start grading the math assessments.
  • Dropped crying and screaming kids off at the daycare provider.
  • Was awoken at 4 am due to a sick child and immediately got to work writing sub plans so you could spend the day at home.
  • Ever had a sitter bail on you last minute and ended up taking your kids to work with you until you could find someone to come pick them up.


And some extra special love goes out to all the pregnant mamas who have ever:
  • Thrown up in a school garbage can at work. (Bonus points if you've ever done this in front of your students.)
  • Taught a full day during the worst bought of morning sickness. 
  • Scheduled all your doctor appointments on school holidays or after 4 pm.
  • Spent the whole day on your feet teaching ON (or after) your due date! 
  • Had your water break AT school.
  • Had to leave your brand new baby for the first time after returning from maternity leave. (Worst feeling ever!)
  • Hid in a closet during recess and/or lunch while pumping. 

And I'm sending ALL my thoughts, prayers, and love to anyone who has ever:
  • Dealt with any sort of infertility issues.
  • Gone through a miscarriage. 
  • Had to bury a child.
  • Dealt with sorrow and grief in any form while putting on a happy face in front of your students. 


The biggest reason I wanted to write this post is just to say THANK YOU! Your administration might not always appreciate you, your teammates might not have a clue about the heartache you're going through, the parents of your students might not always be understanding... but I, for one, am so thankful for the sacrifices that you all make on a daily basis.

Teaching is by far the greatest profession. Keep up the great work!

Love Always,
-What the Teacher Wants

102 comments:

abqgreene said...

What a thoughtful and appreciated post. Infertility- check. Sub plans for sick kid- check. Throwing up in my trash can- check after food poisoning two weeks ago and yes it was in front of them while I waited for another adult to walk by. You really hit so many things I keep to myself right on the head.

Kim said...

Thank you! I needed that (as tears stream down my face)! I am having one of those overwhelming "How can I do all of this very single day" kinds of days. It's nice to know others feel the same way sometimes too!

Lacie Harris said...

I don't think I could do all (and I mean ALL) of those things above without blogs like yours to read every night before bed or every morning to wake myself up before dawn. I cannot count how many times I tell my husband how thankful I am for all of my favorite teaching blogs. You ladies keep me going and help me to stay the super motivated over achiever I was before I had kids. :) And not to mention TPT! How could I survive without all of the awesome resources you guys create so I can get right to planning those skill building lessons I plan at 11:00 p.m.? Thank YOU!!!

Amanda Bryant said...

Thank you for this! This blog is my life. On top if this my spouse is deployed. I have been doing it alone for a very long time, over a year he has been deployed and previous deployments before this one. I have a one and four year old. I can't describe the exhaustion, loneliness, and tears that are shed on a weekly basis. God bless you!

Amanda Bryant
A Traveled Teacher

Corinna said...

What a sweet and thoughtful post! It's amazing how much we do on a daily basis and so nice to hear I am not alone.

Aloha,
Corinna

Jenna B said...

Love love love this totally relatable post! Thank you!

Jenna B said...

Love love love this totally relatable post! Thank you!

Teaching in the Tongass said...

Well, now I'm crying. You hit the nail right on the head. I completely agree and am so grateful you were able to summarize all of the things that make being a mom and a teacher such a challenging thing. In the end, I have to remind myself that this is a career, not my life. Even though it may seem like that sometimes! So, thank you. I know a lot of us need to hear this, and you are so thoughtful to post it. If I ever meet either of you in real life, I will be thinking of this exact post, so don't think I'm weird for crying :)

Teaching in the Tongass


Mrs Poultney said...

Wow, just wow! I had to take my sick kid into work today with me until he could be picked up...not fun. Most of those points hit home! Just like Amanda I have spent time being a pseudo single Mum while my hubs has been deployed, that is one of the reasons I found blogs. It can get pretty lonely after the kids are in bed and the hubs is on a different time zone, so great to have these awesome blogs to connect with.

Thanks for expressing it so well.

Tania
Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

Bfranke said...

As I sit here and read that all I can do is say yes that's me that's me that's me thank you so much! Sometimes it really hurts when people don't see all that we do. Right now daycare is my biggest problem, thankfully my principal has been super sweet about my joining me.

Jodi said...

Sooooo true on sooooo many levels! It is just so hard many times to juggle everything! I definitely had my share of throwing up in the trash can during morning sickness. {My students eventually got used to it. LOL!} I also use to hide UNDER my desk during lunch to pump (we don't have doors on our classrooms.) Don't worry, the kids weren't in there, but I did have to yell at a janitor or too that would walk in ;)
Thank you for this post.

❀Jodi
Fun In First

First Grade Funtastic said...

Love this post so much! I couldn't agree more with everything you said!
Sara

First Grade Funtastic said...

Love this post so much! I couldn't agree more with everything you said!
Sara

First Grade Funtastic said...

Love this post so much! I couldn't agree more with everything you said!
Sara

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful post! The best part- we all love it...why else do we go through all of the struggles? Thanks for the reminder that we are not alone in the struggle :)
Elizabeth
Fun in Room 4B

Tina Crofts said...

Thank you for this post. I really needed it and all of the comments!

Tina
Crofts' Classroom

Tracy Alexander said...

Not a Teacher-Momma, but loved the post and hats off to my co-workers who are!!

Tracy
Miss A's Planning

Miss Sara said...

What a sweet post!
Im currently on maternity leave and can relate to many of the pregnant mama issues you wrote about! Haha
I might bookmark this for future reference as a pick me up :)
Sara


Miss Elementary

graciegirl said...

This post was such a blessing to me! Thank you so much!
I'm a homeschool mamma and my heart goes out to all those teachers who have to work a full day then come home to work a full night. It's exhausting and my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Nicole Bivona said...

THANK YOU!! For recognizing all that we do! As I sat and read this I had tears!
Thank you!
Nicole

jenbrett said...

Awww! Just what I needed to hear today~ Thank you.... Right back to you!

Fluttering Through First Grade said...

So sweet ladies! We are all juggling massive amounts of hoopla (with or without kids) and it's so important to surround yourself with others who care and take care of you!

Hugs!
~Christy & Tammy
Fluttering Through First Grade

Heather Cotts said...

You just made my week!

Ashley Sanderson said...

Thank you so much for this sweet post and for including all of us "moms" who have had a miscarriage and deal with infertility every day while we teach. Having to schedule those appointments is a doozy with our schedules, and going through fertility treatments, those appointments are all the time! It was very nice to be recognized. Thank you for having a sensitive heart to all of us mommas!!

Ashley
Flying High in First Grade

Garden Full of Knowledge said...

Well said and well written! I kept nodding my head in agreement as I read down your list. You're so right; you're bang on! Us mammas are always on the go. I sometimes feel like we are the Energizer Bunny. Actually, funny enough, I am replying to this post right from the hockey rinks. I am right now blog stalking while my son is having his hockey practice.
Hockey Mom Najda

Tania said...

Thank you for this! Both jobs are demanding, but so rewarding. I need to be a better mom though,
Tania

My Second Sense

Jamie knefely said...

Awesome post - tugs on my heartstrings!!! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie

pammy said...

Thank you for including everyone. I am in complete awe of my collegues who are raising their own family while teaching full time. However, after miscarriages and infertility issues ended my family dreams it's nice to feel included. You seem to have covered everything in this post. It was very thoughtful.

Laurie Cerefice said...

That was lovely! Thank you, I kinda needed that today!

carolyn k said...

Thanks - it is nice to know we are not in this alone! You hit so many of the joys and challenges we teaching mamas face. I am a single mama, and I take care of my parents too. Some days are hard but the joys still far outweigh the trials!

Michelle said...

You made me cry Natalie and I just want to say I'm so lucky to call you a friend. Love you girl!

Andrea Graham said...

Thank You!

Becky said...

I am currently 7 months pregnant. Loved this post!

aliah jody said...

Bless You!

Lindsey said...

This has to be the absolutely most amazing, beautiful, thoughtful, and poignant post I have ever read. I relate to so so many of your points. It can be so hard sometimes. The point you said about keeping all of this hidden really hit home for me because I rarely ever share bad things with my coworkers and that can be a very lonely feeling sometimes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Sandra Farrell said...

Until you have children of your own, you never truly understand how lucky you are to have so much time to choose what you do. We moved my own children to a new school last week and it's been a difficult transition for my son. I haven't had a lot of time to stay organized at work, because of this and then today I just had a very difficult encounter with a parent today and my students are the same age as my son. I tried to connect with this parent as another parent but it didn't work And after having this man scream at me for 5 minutes, I started thinking I'm not making enough money to put up with this, and I have my own children at home to focus on, so why I am I putting so much energy into this unthankful parent's child? I completely needed to read this post today. I acutually really do love my job and I have been teaching for over 20 years, but sometimes - arghhhhh! Anyway - Thanks!!!

Sandra
savvyteachingtips.blogspot.com

Jennifer Ross said...

So sweet! Thank you for that! It's definitely a challenge sometimes, but I love what I do, and i know that I'm providing FOR my children, too!

Tanya Dwyer said...

...such an endearing post. In my neck of the woods, the teaching mamas are also military spouses enduring long deployments. Coworkers and friends become like family, all while showing up daily with smiles on our faces to entertain and educate the masses of children enduring the same. Thanks for this sweet show of appreciation.

Tanya
A+ Firsties

Melissa said...

LOVE this post! I'm going to share it with my teaching mama friends!

Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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Heidi Butkus said...

Thank you for that! I am not sure what prompted this, but I enjoyed reading it, and even though my kids are all grown up now, I still remember the tears and heartache as I dropped them off to someone else and headed off to take care of and teach someone else's children.... It was so hard!
Take care- it's nice to be appreciated!
Heidi Butkus

Baby K: Stan and Angie's Adoption said...

I really enjoyed this post! I'm home now with my son, and I just blogged last night about the difficulty of teaching AND mothering. Thank you for the affirmation and love!

T.Ambrocio said...

A million THANK YOUS for this amazingly thoughtful and thorough post!!! Just what I needed to hear, with tears and sniffles.

Dona Engman said...

As a Piano Lessons Honolulu teacher it is so easy to point my finger at my student's parents and say, "You really need to read this." But then I look at my own kids and realize that I really need to read this too. Great piece, and honest.

LP said...

I love this post! I am not a parent- but I am a teacher and SO many of my friends have struggled with the things you wrote about. This was a great post!

Cheryl E. said...

I am crying as a write this!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!! You are so amazing!!!
Love this post!! Printing and keeping for those times I need a little bit of encouragement!

karen said...

LOVE this!!! Thank you!

Cyndie at Chalk One Up for the Teacher said...

Awww! What a wonderfully sweet post! <3

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