Pros and Cons regarding staying home as opposed to working full- or part-time:
- More time with babe
- More time with The Bee
- Our boundaries for where to buy a house would be easier to define (The Bee and I work about 20 miles away from each other, in opposite directions of the major cities. Me leaving my current school would make living near his office more logical).
- When I am ready to go back to teaching, I will have an area near our home/The Bee's job to focus my search
- Time to pursue my own art again
- Grocery shopping during the day with the babe (instead of after work in the dark with the babe)
- More time for whole foods, home cooked meals
- Daytime used for some house work so evenings can be spent with The Bee
- Story time at the library (for some reason I am really sad that I never get to do this with the babe)
- The Bee coming home for lunch
- Less car/commute time for all of us!
- Play dates with cousins and friends
- Trading daycare with my sister so I still get a little time for my sanity
- In the words of a co-worker, our school is a "sinking ship." I can bail out now before things get really bad.
- I would be home when the babe was sick...no more scrambling to get sub plans done at 4am or arguments about who needs to adjust their work schedule (this was a disaster in December when the stomach flu hit. I was home with the babe for 3 days in one week. The following week, she couldn't go to daycare due to illness at my sister's house so The Bee stayed home with her in the morning and then the babe came to school with me in the afternoon...thank God it worked that day due to special events so I was not teaching regular classes!)
- I would be able to take the babe to doctors appointments without having to miss work/make sub plans
- Lapse in my teaching license
- Lapse in employment
- Isolation of being home instead of in the working world
- Losing touch with the real world (this doesn't happen to all SAHM's, but I know a few who are so out of touch with everyone/everything except their own little families)
- Less income
- No breaks (at school right now I get 50 minute lunches 2 days a week, 25 minute lunches 3 days a week)
- Long stretches without adult conversation
- No more Caribou and Starbucks giftcards at Christmas from students (Ha - I am seriously going to miss this! We haven't had to pay cash for coffee out for the last 5 years. Mind you, we maybe go to coffee shops once a month, but it is still a perk I will miss!)
- Missing teaching. I do find some real joy in making art with my students.