Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Don’t feel guilty! I got hired at 21 as a high school teacher in NY, but waited til I was way older to have kids (30 and not TTC yet). I had things I wanted to get done and I wanted to get tenure to ensure longevity in my career.
Sidenote: I am super jelly at anyone able to take off more than 6 weeks. That’s all I get! (And I am a Profesionally Certified teacher tenured for years, AND a member of a great union!).
My country does NOT care for its working mothers. UGH So frustrating.
Post # 17
kfiorita: As a teacher in Aust also I can definitely say you don’t need to feel guilty. Principals are very used to young female staff going on leave to have their babies. He/She knows what they are doing when they are offering you permanency. You are obviously a long term prospect for the school. Enjoy this time and don’t feel guilty at all. Take the job for sure!! yku have worked hard and permanency is not always easy to come by!
Post # 18
kfiorita: If this is the norm where you live, I’m sure the principal offered you the job knowing full well this could be the possibility.
According to your timeline, by the time you begin TTC, you’ll have been there for a year. Keep in mind it may not happen right away, so by the time you actually have the baby and go on maternity leave you may well be passing the two year mark. That’s quite awhile.
Post # 19
lealorali: Ha, ha. That chart makes it look like its a breeze in the UK. 280 days at 90% pay……if your full pay is under minimum wage. Otherwise its capped at £138.18 per week….which is more like 10% of my pay! I’m not complaining, something is better than nothing, but I do laugh at how data is displayed and how good it looks like we get it from that chart!
Post # 20
If a year is norm in your country then you should try not to feel guilty about it. The person that hired you understands government laws and has probably delt with this before.
Oddly enough, for this reason, I’m sort of glad the US has lacking maternaty leave laws. I’m just finishing up my education for teaching in Kindergarten and early primary grades. As much as I will love my own when he or she comes, I don’t think I could handle being on maternaty leave for a year or more, and being away from all the kiddos. Especially at this point in my career. Also, it sounds like woman in countries with longer maternity leave always take it.
kfiorita: You mentioned that some teachers are able to go part time after coming back to work after having their LO’s. How does this work? I suposse in high school, when you are only teaching one subject it would be easier, by as a teacher in the primary grades, where you are responsible for a set group of students from the beginning of school to the end how does this work? Sorry for the off subject question, I’m just curious.
Post # 21
I totally understand. I started my current job in July of last year, but that was on a contract. They made me perm about a month ago, and we plan to start TTC this month. At first I felt guilty bc I asked to be made perm, and I thought I’d look like a jerk going in a few months later and saying “btw-taking a year off now!”. But really, it’s a business. If it didn’t benefit them to keep you, they wouldn’t think twice about getting rid of you…and so you shouldn’t put your life on hold for them.
Plus, it’s unlikely you would get pregnant right away, so by the time you do and actually go on leave you will have been there around two years. Totally acceptable.
Post # 22
auggiefrog: good question 🙂 it is definitely easier to go part time for high school teachers because they would just lighten the subject load. S instead of teaching7 lines, there will only be say 3 lines or whatever is negotiated. In relation to primary teaching it is a little more tricky. I have met two mums that are primary teachers. They work together to make up a full load. So each teacher works 2.5 day and cross over on a Wednesday For example. I observed them in prac and was amazed at how well it worked for them.
Ir it made me realise how family-friendly being a teacher is 🙂
Post # 23
sara_tiara: thank you! your comment made me feel much better 🙂