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 four and my son is almost ten 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. 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 is 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.