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Old 02-20-2007, 08:35 PM   #1
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Moving from Teacher to WAHM...and all that goes w/ it.

Anyone else leave a teaching career to become SAHM? I feel very emotional about leaving because I've wanted to be a teacher since I was 7 and I worry about the amount of education I'd have to go thru to return (credentialing is tough out here and if I'm out of the field for 5y, I have to be recredited which means lots of classes--as it is, I need to take 1 class and 3 tests this year to continue my credential.) I'm just really struggling to get in work on time (I'm 5 min. late daily) because of the 1 hr. commute. We also have to read approx. 80 pgs./week and write 2 2-pg. essays on the readings. Before DD was here, I was having to read at red lights in the car, while walking to and from school, constantly just to keep up. Now, I can't do it at all. I'm thinking about DD all the time and feel totally lost in our weekly seminars. It's a 2.5 hr. commute to p/u DD from the person who watches her on Wed. and she's always getting to bed late on those days. THankfully MIL drives her to me on Mon and Fri. or I'd be doing the 2.5 hr. commute then, too.
I'm just SO happy when I'm home w/ DD--cooking and cleaning and feeling relaxed w/ our organized home. I know lots of people have to WOH, but I'm really struggling and being someone who thought she'd work till she died, I'm shocked at these feelings, but they're real and I need to consider making the switch if it's doable for us.
DH and I are trying to figure out if we can swing me leaving my teaching job and becoming a WAHM (my biz plus daycare for 2 infants.) There're so many questions I have, I don't know where to begin.
I made a decent salary (not really enough to live comfortably in CA, but a good salary nonetheless) and I carry all of our benefits. My biz doesn't bring in much income, but I'm also not able to produce as much as I'd like to due to limited time constraints.
Who can we go to to figure out if we can afford it? We THINK we're covering everything when we calculate our salaries, expenses, added income from doing daycare, etc. but I know there're a gazillion things we're leaving out. My Mom said to consider what I'd do if DH suddenly couldn't work--would I be able to hop back into teaching? Obviously not in the middle of the year. It SEEMS that my school allows teachers to come back after they leave to be w/ their families. This is the only school anywhere around here that I could work in due to my teaching specialty.
Also, how do I learn what I need to do for the biz aspect of watching 2 babies in addtn to DD?
What else do I need to know/consider? My head hurts just thinking about it, but my school usually asks in March whether we're returning or not. I THINK I can take a lv. of absence for a year which should allow me to test the waters before I quit altogether. I just don't know what to do. As soon as I get sentimental over leaving my classroom/students, I end up late for work again (DD sick, or whatever) and the stress makes me ready to stop. Ugh!
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
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I'm there with you mama! I teach too, but sounds like you have a much more demanding teaching situation than I do. I have my master's and would be life time certified after teaching 10 years (6 more years to go). However, I plan to stay at home after I have our second child. I think about staying home all of the time. However, I live in MO and the cost of living isn't so much. I worry about insurance and benefits. But I know that I can make it work if I really want it to. You just have to look at the priorities. For me, my DD is my priority and I can go without a few things to make sure she stays that way. We live without cable and a cell phone. When I quit working we will have to cut back on a lot more! You can do it!
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:06 PM   #3
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To the OP: Wow, I hope you can figure out what's best!

I'm a teacher too. I have 5 years to renew my certification; I've heard you can call the local district and very often sit in on inservice days for free continuing-ed credit. I don't know if it's true, but I suspect they would extend that kind of favor to a substitute teacher, especially since they need certified subs for certain test days. Like, they can't test if there aren't enough certified teachers to administer the test, and if they can't test they lose funding. We're in Texas, and here the districts are grouped by Education Service Centers (regionally) and they offer classes for continuing ed credit too. (But you have to pay for those.)

I don't know what the regs are in CA but in Texas you have to pay a fee to be a licensed childcare provider. It's only like $25 for up to three unrelated children I think, and you don't have to do all the paperwork that bigger in-home daycares do.

Having a cushion of 3-6 months' wages is what the "experts" recommend, even if both spouses are working. Have you ever considered working as a tutor? I don't know exactly what your specialty is, but you might be able to do that. I did for a long time and really enjoyed it.

Are any of your required reading materials available on CD? I listen to books on CD sometimes and I don't have a long commute anymore. Could you move closer to the school where you work?

Just trying to throw ideas out there. GL!
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:29 PM   #4
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I'll look into CDs. I don't THINK so--they're books on bilingual education and learning styles, but I'll look.

Know what's ridiculous? I live the next town over from school! It takes 40 min. to get to work which is just 13 miles from home (1 hr. w/ accidents which happen almost every day). CA traffic is RIDICULOUS!!!

Thanks for the responses. Nice to talk to people about it.
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hugs momma .. i am not a WOHM but I think the idea for a yr leave of absence is great .. i would do that
Cali traffic does stink !! especially in the bay area
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((HUGS))...it's a tough decision, especially if you love what you do. I wasn't crazy about my job, and it was still super hard to make the transition from WOHM to SAHM after Logan was born. Sending you calming vibes, and I hope that it works out for you!
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Argh - I totally understand the frustration of teaching and living pretty far from where you work - I don't think non-teachers understand what "late" for a teacher means - any other job (well, almost any other) and being a minute or two late doesn't really matter. If a teacher is a minute or two late, then there are kids left along who really shouldn't be, or another teacher (or..shudder...administrator) has to cover for that time, which builds a bad rep. really fast. We CANNOT afford for me to stop working, fortunatly, we found a sitter directly across the street from school, so it's easy (you'd think) to drop dd off and run to school. Of course, that's assuming the traffic didn't decide to tur evil on the way in.

May I ask, what are you certified/licensed in? I teach art, so I understand about jobs being few and far between. If you did choose to stay at home, since you'd have to be taking classes to maintain your certificate anyway, what if you took classes to help get a broader/more mainstream certification? Like elem. ed or math or something? I know nothing about what you teach, so I don't know if there would be a natural fit for another subject area. Personally, I have thought about getting additional licenses to teach an intermediate english (4th, 5th) or history so I'd have more job security where I am and ne more hireable if I chose to leave. If you get a more mainstream cert, you might be able to work closer to home. Just my
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