Thank you for taking the time to stop by my humble little page.
My name is Stacey and I have been blessed with two beautiful children; my daughter is three and my son is almost five months old. However, as well as being lucky enough to be a mum to two children, I am also an English Teacher, which is a job that I thoroughly enjoy. Throughout my eight years of teaching, I have taught hundreds of teenagers who have made me laugh, made me cry, made me proud and inspired me to strive to be the best person and teacher I can possibly be. I don't quite think I am there yet though but, that's the good thing about teaching; you are always learning.
I have wanted to write a blog for a number of years now but have always found excuses not to. The main excuse being that I do not think I am good enough to do this kind of thing. I am very self depreciating and don't have much confidence but, I am always willing to take on a challenge. Then there is this worry that my life is actually not that interesting to write about. However, while being on maternity leave, I have noticed mummy blogs filling up the space on my Facebook time line and the internet appears to be littered with them. So, I guess I thought 'why not give it a go?'
I thought the name 'Teaching Mum' sounded a bit like 'Keeping Mum' which is when you are asked to keep a secret. I think it is an appropriate name as that's the opposite to what I want to do. I want to be honest and open with you about balancing teaching with being a mum. At the moment I am on maternity leave so we will have to wait and see how I feel once I return to work. My idea is to write a blog that is light hearted and, I hope, humorous. I want to share with you the fact that sometimes (most times) I can be a bit slack and not have much common sense or the fact that on the days where I should be taking my son out for a walk I am actually glued to Netflix with a cuppa and some chocolate. Maybe when I am back at work, I can share some hysterical student anecdotes but, ultimately this is a blog about striking the balance between parenthood and teaching; it is not a platform for myself and others to complain about the changing climate of education. Yes, teaching can be difficult and tough but, it a career that I love and I am incredibly proud to be able to call myself a teacher.
Sometimes life can be a beautiful thing and sometimes it can be down right difficult and painful. Sometimes it can be funny and sometimes there are days where I could just sit and cry. I have to admit though - I do love a good cry. I would like to paint you a picture of how difficult, easy, funny and emotionally draining it is being a full time teacher and mum. I am sure that there will be days where I look at a pile of books that need marking and all I will want to do is watch a Disney film with my girl. However, I am sure that there will be days when I am at my wits end and sitting down with a pile of books to mark might be my idea of heaven. Who knows; only time will tell. That's the thing that is scaring me most about returning to work full time; time, or the lack of it. Let's just see how it goes.
To quote my Twitter page: Mummy then English Teacher or is is English Teacher then mummy? Priorities change and then the guilt kicks in. I love both my jobs. Probably not equally.
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