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July 30, 2011
Welcome to another fun Saturday Playdate! Today we're playing with Amy from We're In For It. I "met" Amy through the blogging world several months ago when she sent me an email asking me for blogging advice. I didn't feel that I was that experienced of a blogger, and I was absolutely honored that someone thought I was good enough to ask for advice. Amy is super sweet, and you can really get to know her through her blog.
Amy's blog is all about her family. She has an adorable little boy named Gage, and there are plenty of stories and pictures of that little guy on her blog. Birthdays are a big deal to Amy, so you will most likely find a birthday post on her front page. I remember when she even wished Rylie a Happy Birthday last January! How sweet is she?
When you're done here, please check out We're In For It. Give Amy some comment love and let her know you stopped by from the Playdate.
First off, I’d like to thank LeeAnn for having me over to play today! I always enjoy her Saturday Playdates and I’m super excited to be a part of one.
Recently I have read quite a few blogs about the pros and cons of being stay at home/working Moms. For the most part, I have read about stay at home Moms that consider themselves lucky to be able to stay home and some that feel that it is their place to take care of the house/family, etc. in that capacity. A few posts I have read even made me feel a little bad for being a working Mom and for enjoying what I do. Some of them were even a bit insulting. So today, I have chosen to tell you my take on things and about how I feel I have the best of both worlds.
I am a high school math teacher who works with kids with learning and emotional disabilities. I LOVE my job. Bottom line, each and every day brings something different and I just can’t wait to get to work each morning. Please don’t confuse that with NOT loving my son or wanting to spend each day with him as well. Please know I was one of those Moms after maternity leave who felt sick to their stomach each day I dropped him off at daycare. But never once in those first few hard months did I consider wanting to quit my job. Being a special education is one of the most rewarding jobs ever. Although it can be frustrating at times, nothing compares to watching a kid who thought it might never be possible walk across the stage at graduation. Yes, I work my tail off with these kids each and every day working to pass state tests or meet graduation requirements, but there are times when I have never been so proud and when I am certain that all the late afternoons and time away from Gage was totally worth it.
Again, please don’t get me wrong, I treasure all of the moments I have with my son and would never put another child before him, but being a teacher completes me and makes me happy, which in turn makes me a better mother to Gage. I also put great value in Gage’s interactions with other kids in a structured environment. He has learned so much from his both his teachers and the other kids in his class in the past year at school.
As I sing the working mom praises, I realize that not everyone has it as I do and gets to spend a fabulous 10 weeks at home with their children all while keeping a full time job. This summer has been priceless, Gage is at such a fun age and the time we have spent together can never be topped. I have so enjoyed seeing him discover new things, learn new concepts and taking him to new and exciting places. As wonderful as it’s been, I do, however every year about this time, look forward to returning to work. Having the summer to relax, refresh and raise my son is also exactly what I need to be a better teacher. My job makes me a better mother and being a part time stay at home mommy, makes me a better teacher. I can’t think of anything more satisfying. So in my opinion, I truly do have the best of both worlds.
*LeeAnn and I ‘met’ last year sometime when I first getting my blog off the ground and she was a major help at showing me the ropes. I’ll be forever thankful for her generosity towards a ‘newbie’. And thank you again for having me over to play!
Thanks for stopping by for our Playdate! I hope you had fun! If you would like to come over for a Playdate, let me know in a comment or an email.