I have been a teacher for six years. During my time teaching, I can’t recall a time that I have ever taken a vacation day.
Sick days — I can remember a few of those, but I have never taken a day off just because. Well, that is, not until yesterday.
As a teacher I know the burden and guilt that comes from taking time off of work. Not to mention the fact that writing sub plans can be a pain.
However, as teachers, it is important that we make time for our families and that we make time for ourselves. After all, if we are coming to school tired and stressed out, we will not be in the right frame of mind to help our students anyway.
This realization is one that has been a long time coming for me. It actually took a promotion this year from teacher to teacher mom to help me get my priorities in order. As a part of this priority shift, I have been spending less time at school and more time at home with my family (and I feel happier and less stressed because of it).
In fact, the reason I took a day off was so I could spend time with my daughter. I was also able to get caught up on some TpT projects.
Teaching is a tough profession, and I know that some of you may be reading this thinking there is no way I can afford to take time off of work. Well, I am saying that you CANNOT afford to NOT take time off of work.
In fact, I challenge you this school year to take at least one vacation day or mental health day. Let me know how it goes. I guarantee you will return to work refreshed and that you will be a better teacher for taking the time for yourself.
Carly and Adam are a husband and wife team. Carly has a degree in Elementary Education and has taught second, third, and sixth grade. Adam has a degree in business management, and he makes bow ties. Adam and Carly have been married for five years. They also have a poodle named Gwen. To stay connected with Carly and Adam’s teaching tips and classroom freebies be sure to follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, and subscribe to our blog!