As challenging as balancing work-life and home-life may be, I still keep my teacher-heart. What I like best is seeing the light bulbs and the "aha!" moments when students understand something. Teaching them responsibiltiy and character with all the state-mandated curriculum is definitely a work of art. It's using time wisely.
Even before our kids were born, we planned to build our family around the school calendar to maximize our baby-bonding time; those summer months add up to way more than the standard 6-week maternity leave. We weren't too off; one was born in April, the other in June.
Our schedule has been hectic at times, but we've made it work. And we can't forget grandparents and family who help out, too. We even survived a whole year of baby-car-switching. He would meet me at school, and we would switch cars to take turns caring for Jason. So lucky, I've heard, to not have to deal with the crazy costs (financial and otherwise) of quality child care.
As my work year officially starts next week, I want to make the best of both worlds. One of my partner teachers a while back had been a principal at a different school the year before. We were talking about three important things in life: family, work, and religion. He said that keeping the three in perspective would make a person happy. He said that principaling required too much of his time at work, and that something had to give, and it couldn't be family.
bury "boys will be boys."