Musings about the importance and impact of art and art education in the 21st century.

Returning from maternity

♠ Posted by ArtMuse at 6:56 PM

I'm not gonna lie, returning from maternity is hard...After 5 months of being home with my little one, getting back to the hustle and bustle of the art room takes some serious adjustment.  Truthfully despite the exhaustion of the first week, I"m surprised at how easily I was able to get back into "teacher mode", but finding the balance between home life and work life is proving to be a bit harder.  The biggest change I"m struggling with is simply having patience and realizing that there will always be things that need to get done as a teacher, and that it's o.k. for those things to take a little longer to happen.  Before a baby it's not such a big deal to get in a little early or stay a little late as needed to tie up the seemingly never ending "loose ends" but with a baby at home, it's not so convenient any more.
On the upside, working in an elementary school means working with predominantly women, almost all of whom are mom's (and coincidentally, many of whom happen to be new moms) and hearing the same struggles from them!  Regardless of the challenges I'm facing now and am sure I will face in the future as I raise my son, I'm happy to be back, happy to see my students smiling faces, and be back to doing what I really love.  The fact that I'm lucky enough to have a job that I"m so passionate about and am grateful for makes all the difference.  As long as the learning is happening, everything else will fall into place.  As the librarian, and my friend, said to me when I first began my teaching career; "if it all seems overwhelming, just take it one day at a time, and if that seems too much, then take it one hour at a time."

* The image above is from the site Talented Ladies Club. It has a cute article on getting back to work after maternity leave: 'Back to Work with a Bang After Maternity'