Many of my followers know that I have been out of the classroom since January. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I was forced to take a leave due to not having anyone watch my then, three year old at home. I had my brother in law helping out but he had cornea transplant about a year and half ago and suddenly his eye became infected. There was no way he could drop off and pick up my boys as my husband and I worked. I had to step into Mami mode and do the best thing for my family at that point.
Teaching since the age of twenty-one I have NEVER had to take a leave. It was difficult to walk away from my second grade classroom and my co-teacher, but again my family needed me. I couldn’t just pick someone to watch my three year old without doing enough background checks and investigating the facility. All of this within a matter of days to a week, so I made the decision to take the leave. As much as people say children are resilient, I know my boys and that sudden change would have not been good for them.
From January until now I felt so liberated. Let me explain- My oldest went through several medication changes during that time. We couldn’t find one that would work well with his ADHD. He went through headaches, falling asleep in class, to even gaining weight within a short period of time. Knowing myself, I know I would have not been productive in the classroom, thinking about him. A prime example of, “everything happens for a reason”. Not having family around to help is very difficult. Although I have heard that saying, “you make your bed, you lay in it” several times, we all need help from someone during some point in our lives.
Remaining home allowed me to pick him up if a medication was causing him to have a rough day, and I was also able to have more bonding time with my three year old. Home with my three year old allowed me to see some of the habits he was getting into and I quickly put an end to them. We had our routine and we had hands on learning time. My oldest NEVER knew that I was home, he continued to think I was teaching and Carter (my youngest) went with the plan all along. I saw the difference in Carter in a matter of months- less T.V., more learning and a ton of independence.
As I was home I was also able do something else that I am passionate about besides teaching. I was able to interact more on Social Media and work even closer alongside my Editor in Chief over at Mamiverse. I was given the opportunity to speak at Hispanicize, in Miami, FL in April. I was also writing more pieces for more brands and participating in more Twitter chats. Supporting everyone I could and really working on building my following and interactions. I was writing on my blog 3 to even 4 times a week and all what I was going through with my son and leaving the classroom was washed away. I felt positive, energized, and even more accomplished. When I write I am in my zone! I was also able to drop off and pick up my boy and when he arrived from school I dedicated hours prepping him for the state exams.
This time being home was the happiest, yet most challenging moments as a mother but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Everything happens for a reason. With those months home I have had many great opportunities and have networked with some amazing people. I know that this is not the end of my writing career, it’s only the beginning. Going back into the classroom will leave me less time to write on my blog as I will be in the classroom all day, and right from school I will set right into Mami mode. Helping the boys look over their homework, establish study routines, and helping my wonderful hubby with dinner. It’s important to me for us to eat as a familia every night. For now, I will aim to post two days out of the week- on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If I can do more I will. I know as a teacher I go hardcore and give it my 200%, teaching NEVER ends in the classroom! The same goes for writing and parenting for me, when I do something I do it to the highest power. I wanted to make my readers aware of the changes and I hope you will continue to follow me and my journey.
I’m looking forward to working harder and following my goals to my “exit strategy”. It’s a necessity to make money, because of course bills don’t pay themselves, but it’s also important to be content and fulfilled every single day, every moment of your life. We are only given one life and I want to make sure I live it to the fullest and leave my mark. So as you stumble upon this, I am in my classroom prepping for the first day of school and beginning the next chapter in my life but it sure won’t be the last. It won’t be easy not being able to see my boys off to the first day of school but, everything happens for a reason. Hard work, faith, and dedication will get me where I want to be- follow me.