Any Other Teacher Mamas Out There?

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Now don’t get me wrong, I know mom guilt is a real thing for all of us working moms, but I have to think that there is an extra special mom guilt out there just for us teacher mamas.

The guilt you feel when you spend all day being very patient and extremely nurturing--with other people’s children--only to come home and, on some nights, have little patience left for your own kiddos.

The guilt you feel when you spend hours trying to create innovative, exciting, and educational lesson plans for your students, only to come home and be very tempted to let YouTube do the same for your own children.

The guilt you feel when you spend all day putting on a show with big smiles and high energy, only to come home and, on some nights, be too exhausted to do puzzles, play dolls, or build forts.

But lately, I’ve been thinking about this extra special teacher mom guilt, and I realize that instead of feeling guilty I should feel proud. For when I look at my son’s or daughter’s teacher--someone else’s mom who spends all day being very patient with my children, clocking hours creating engaging lessons, and putting on a hell of a show for them all day long--I feel such gratitude and appreciation.

And I hope that my students’ parents feel that same way about me. For that I would be very proud. Plus, I’ve got all summer to make it up to my kids, right?!!