Today I subbed in a sixth grade class. Lots of fun but after teaching today, walking home (about a mile), supervising my youngest at swim lessons, running errands, etc... I'm physically and emotionally drained. I don't know how working parents with little ones do it! I'm worn out enough with my part-time jobs and school age children.
The more I think about it, the more I realize it's what you're used to. When I worked full-time, I was used to that and the schedule that was involved. For the past 17 years, I have been a SAHM (stay-at-home mom). I've had working moms tell me they can't imagine doing what I do. Yes, the schedule gets intense at times, but I was used to it. Now I'm working at getting used to... well... working. I can't always run to the store while the kids are in school, because I'm in school too. On my days off from subbing I'm either working at the YMCA or working my craft business.
Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love my three part-time jobs (craft business, YMCA drop-in nursery, and substitute teaching). Each one of my jobs bring me joy. I love working with children and talking to other adults. Although it's sometimes a challenge to juggle the three, I love the flexibility that each allow me to have. I'm allowed to put my family first while doing what I love and earning some money while I do it. Someday I might pick just one, but for now I'm enjoying the variety.
And now, at 8:30 pm, I am tired. Yes, very tired. But I am happy. Very happy!