Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Teaching high school is a little of both. It's not really a family friendly workplace, I can't bring my kids and I miss out on a lot with their schools since I'm at work while they are at school. The pay off though, is the breaks. I love the big chunks of time that we are home together. I like being part of the district that my kids go to school in because I often feel in the know. So there are definite pros/cons. I still really think that teaching is the best working mom job, for the time it allows me to be home with my kids. :-)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It is, you're right--I wouldn't trade the breaks for the world...but I still think there shouldn't be those vast divisions between work and home, and that if you need to bring your child(ren) in, you should be able to.


mouse's picture mouse

The private school where I taught before allowed us to bring our kids in on occasion. Of course, they didn't have any good provisions for subs (colleagues had to juggle schedules and cover), so it evened out a bit. The school district where I may end up teaching specifically says kids can't be brought in for teaching and meeting times, and I would have an awkward half-hour before and after school when we would have to make sure Scooter was covered, but there's definitely an attraction to having the same days off (minus the occasional professional development day).


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I understand for teaching and meeting times, but surely if you have office hours--times when you're in your office, meeting students, doing paperwork--surely these times are okay? For me this is the issue--trying to accommodate parents and their needs while at the same time also protecting the workplace.


mouse's picture mouse

Both of my parents definitely brought me to class on occasion. I was, luckily, of the temperament to work quietly. When I was in high school, my dad even gave me a key to his office so I could hang out there before or after school so that we could coordinate schedules. It wasn't at all an odd thing at their public university (also my alma mater).

Clearly it's one of those things that depends on the kid, but I agree that it doesn't serve anybody to make blanket exclusions. We're really happy Trillian's been able to establish herself working from home. She can't be on childcare duty all the time, but it gives us a flexibility we wouldn't otherwise have.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for your comment! I"ll be sure to take a look...


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Mouse--both my parents brought me to work, too, and I think it definitely shaped me and how I perceive working and parenting--in all good ways!