Posted 1 May, 08on:
It is time to finally admit that I am not a “stay at home” mom. I work. I have a job. There, I said it.
The substitute teaching began as a “once in a while” thing. A teacher was out for a few weeks due to surgery. I agreed to cover her classes since the schedule could be arranged so I only worked half days. The teacher never returned. The school year ended and my name was on the sub list.
The plan was to work perhaps one or two days a week. It would be a nice way to spend time in a classroom without the pressure of a full time job. The extra money would be fun, too. One or two days a week turned into three or four.
The tipping point was the district’s decision to use a web based program for scheduling subs. Previously, teachers had to call in requests for subs. Requesting a particular sub was cumbersome, if not impossible. With the new program, a teacher can see if her favorite sub is available and simply click on the sub’s name to request. Suddenly, I was getting called every day. Now I have teachers stopping me in the hall and requesting me weeks in advance.
I have been in denial about my working status. I have been trying to run the house as though I were still at home every day. My volunteer activities have reduced only slightly. I am operating under the premise of “Oh, I can do that tomorrow when I am not working.” Tomorrow comes, I am working, and nothing gets done at home.
As of Monday, I am already booked to work half of May. It is time to adopt a new mind set. I am a working mother. At times, I am a working single mother thanks to Hubski’s travel schedule. It is time reprioritize some things and rework my schedule. I need operate under the assumption that I will be working every day. The days that I don’t get called to work will be a bonus.