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It’s time to get organized! Having three boys means that I need to stay on top of organization as much as possible. That’s why I had these awesome printables created for you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
This is my third week into my surprise preschool teaching position. First things first, I genuinely love it. There are some really hard days, but I do love it. Now back to the reality.
#1. Kids can be downright mean. They say what they think and that’s it. Kids can also be so sweet. They’ll just come up to you and hug you, even if you aren’t expecting it.
#2. Time goes so FAST. I’ve never worked at a job where time goes as fast as it does here. I’m always walking somewhere or doing something. I miss working out on a daily basis, but I’m walking at home when I can too.
#3. Time is so precious. I miss my babies so much! I took time for granted before and figured I could spend time with my kids anytime I wanted. God has a plan, I’m just following his lead.
#4. Teachers do NOT get paid enough. I spend hours each week planning, prepping, and preparing. I know there are other teachers who spend even more time than I do in the classroom. If you haven’t hugged a teacher today then now is your chance.
#5. These kids need us! I’m learning more and more each day that these kids need us. So many preschool teachers start and stop because they can’t handle the kids. Just remember that these kids are learning to trust the adults who are coming in and out of their classroom each and every day.
These are the five things I’ve learned since starting preschool this year. Of course, I’ve learned more but if I told you the other 1,000 things I’ve learned I’d have to kill you.
If you think being a dog mom is less nerve-wracking than mothering a human child, let me tell you…it isn’t. It can be just as chaotic, fun, nerve-wracking, gut wrenching, and heart warming as loving a human infant.
#1. Nourish Our Young
We serve the fur child on the same plates we eat off of. We always make sure our “baby” has the best food in the store, even if it means lugging 50 pounds bags of Kibbles n Bits from the car into the house. We make sure the fur child has a full bowl of cold water to quench their thirst on hot summer days.
#2. Lesson Learned
We teach our fur child to use the potty, of course theirs are a bit larger and greener. We teach our fur children what is right…and what is wrong, like eating the neighbor’s cat’s poop. We teach our fur children new tricks, give them new toys, and take them on exciting walks to keep them learning new things, environments, and meeting new people.
#3. Spic and Span K-9
Licking the dirt off your fur child with mom spit is not ideal, but we do groom our four legged babies.We take the time to make sure their fur is shiny, and thoroughly brushed. We buy them cute little clothes and accessories to make them feel special.
#4. Protective Instincts
Mothers of children have a natural instinct to protect their young, so do dog moms. You peer out the kitchen window when your baby is out side playing to make sure the puppy snatcher isn’t lurking in the alley. When you take your baby for a walk you are aware of dangers ahead that could potentially harmyour dog child, such as busy traffic. Safety is a key factor in your mind know matter where your baby is.
#5. Snuggle Time
You enjoy the ear nuzzles, toe licks, and squiggly bottoms, and wet kisses as you sneak in some quality time with your baby. Laying on the sofa, snuggled next to your fur child is a highlight to even the hardest of days.
#6. Love is unconditional
Unconditional acceptance that you love an animal more than yourself. Being a fur mom is living everyday wanting to walk more, play more, laugh more, snuggle more with your fur child.
You know, I am constantly writing for others and I forget sometimes that my passion is for writing. I was looking around the web earlier and I found something interesting. It’s a series from BBC called Tribal Wives. I actually sat there and watched a whole hour of one of these shows. I watched the one with the Afar tribe. It truly gave me a new perspective on how things are so different here compared to other cultures. So many things that we take for granted and we don’t even realize it.
While I was watching the show, I realized that the simple things in life like our husbands are something we clearly take for granted. The Afar women cannot even eat with their husbands because it’s considered “rude.” These women are beat by their husbands and for often no reason at all. As I watched the show I realized how hard these women really work.
I complain on a daily basis about having to wash laundry in my weird washer, but these women have to travel to a river just to wash their laundry. I watched as the women travelled down to the muddy river and gathered their drinking water. I saw children the size of mine walking around without really any guidance. The women hauled firewood, baked bread, cooked and even built houses. The men took care of the animals, but if something was killed the women had to skin and prepare it. Young girls are circumcised to make sure they are virgins for their husbands.
I do not know why this particular video struck me so much today. I often wish that I had more money or perhaps lived in a “bigger house,” but for me that changed today. Understanding that there are people out there who do not even have the basic rights as us really struck me as heart wrenching. I often read the statuses of Facebook and I almost feel as though it’s a contest to see who is the happiest or who has the biggest of something. Does that really matter?
The women of the Afar tribe work hard and are some of the happiest people in the world. We live in a society where women do not really die of childbirth. These Afar women have a challenge because 1 in 12 women may die while giving birth to a child.
Each and every day I complain about where I’m going to eat or that I have to work. I got to choose my husband and I wasn’t forced into a marriage when I was 14. I have been through a lot, but none of it comes close to what some of these women go through, but they still have pure joy.
I look forward to watching more of these videos and understanding another culture. I will pray for these women and the hard lives they are forced to live every day.
This week I have witnessed how fast time goes, even when we think it’s moving slow. I have a 5.5, 3.5 and 1.5 year old sons. All of my children feel like they are growing up slow some days, but other days I look back and I can’t believe how big they are. Since I started working outside of the home this week I have really gotten a taste of how important time is. For the last four years I have been able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and now I’m bound by this thing called time.
Before I started working outside of the whole, time meant nothing to me. I just knew that I had a lot of it and that I could do whatever I wanted with it. Now my time is short but I spend it a lot better. This week was like God giving me a wake up call and saying “Jess, you’re wasting that precious time I’ve given.”
Isaac (now 3)
I truly understand when they say that the time you spend with your children isn’t about quantity it’s about quality. The time I spend with my children is so special now and I pray that I never lose that feeling. I’m not sure what next year brings or even what tomorrow brings. For now, I know that God has called me to teach in a position that I didn’t know I would hold two weeks ago.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I’m comfortable at home. I have everything I need to survive. God calls us to live big and bold. When He put it on my heart to teach, I listened. I’m not sure what the next few months will bring, but with God at my side— my family’s up for the challenge.
I’m so thankful for this week and the revelation it’s been to me. Stop wasting time watching television and ignoring your kids, get in there and enjoy them as mush as possible. Dare I say this next part— just because your HOME with them it doesn’t mean you’re THERE for them. Double check your life and what you’re truly doing on a daily basis. Make sure it’s edifying and valuable. A stay at home mom’s jobs is valuable. A mom’s job is valuable. Your valuable. Your kids are valuable.
Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve taught a classroom, but it was just like riding a bike. I told my husband that I surprised myself when it came down to me teaching the kids today. See– to be a good teacher you have to forget that there’s anyone else in the room with you and just let go. It also helps that this is more of a preschool setting and less of a daycare setting.
I really got to know the kids and see which ones weren’t going to listen right away (lol). I always tell people that you really get to know the naughty kids’ names first because you have to say their name so many times. No really, all the kids were pretty good it’s just a matter of everyone getting used to each other and into a new routine.
There’s so much to do here as far as having a gym and a swimming pool at our disposal, it’ll be hard to run out of things to do. I’m sitting here during nap time when I should be sleeping. The only issue was Josiah today, around noon he got a little ancy, but we just did a group music lesson and took a short rest.
Am I really teaching preschool this year? Hard to believe after four years of being home. A week ago I didn’t even think this was possible. I’m excited for the rest of the year, there are some exciting things planned.
Do you have any tips for me as a “first” year teacher? I’d love to hear them!
Since working at home, I have really tried to pay close attention to my budget and save us money. One of our biggest downfalls is eating out, so we’ve made it a mission to try and eat at home more. I think we are deceived at how much this food really costs and really the toll it takes on our bodies. You could say that saving money has almost become an obsession of mine. I’m tired of paying money for something that I can get at a much lower price. Here are some examples of ways we are saving money as a family:
Working at Home
When I tell some people what I do, they look at me like I’m crazy. Yes, I work at home and I plan to do it until my kids reach school age. I think people are naïve to think that I do not save money while working at home. If you think about it, I am saving so much money it’s ridiculous. I do not have to spend money on eating out for lunch and I do not have to pay gas money at all. It’s nice to have that extra money to do things as a family instead of using it on travelling and feeding my mouth.
For this past year I have been involved in swapping. Swapping is where you pretty much trade clothes with other moms, but you have to pay shipping. Well, the group I helped to start kind of split and I decided it was better for me to use my time elsewhere. I have regained my passion for garage selling again. That means I am working Mon-Thurs and then on Friday the boys and I go on our garage sale adventures. My three year old loves it so much that he asks to go. It’s fun to find organizational tools, clothes, and toys that we could not really otherwise afford. Recently we bought a bunch of reading books for less than $2. As an educator that stuff is pretty close to my heart, now if someone will just tell my 3 year old to listen to me.
Every since my youngest son was born in January of 2011 I have worked from home and I have been my children’s primary caretaker. That means I wake up with them, feed them, teach them and put them to bed. I wash their laundry and I take them to do fun things. It’s been a blast being home with them and it’s encouraging to know that I am the main person influencing their lives. We recently found a sweet young girl to help us a few hours a week. It’s a nice change of scenery for me, instead of being home all week with the boys by myself. I have to mention that my husband’s schedule changes every week, so it’s important that I have a flexible schedule and working from home allows that.
Well, there you have it. This is just a few of the ways we have been saving money. I’ll be back to share a little more of our lives with you, so don’t go anywhere!