- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
I am almost finished with my Bachelor of Arts in Education: Special Education and Elementary Education. I will graduate when I am 26 years old. The other night, my bf and I were talking about our future and about when we would like to start trying to have children of our own. He gets paid more at his job then I ever will as a teacher. I am not going into teaching for the money, but this is a significant factor to consider for the purposes of childcare, in our children’s earliest years. We have agreed that as this is the case, I would be the one staying home with our future children, if that is the decision that we make.
Preschool can be expensive, and we have considered that it may be more financially advantageous for me to stay at home until they are in primary school, and to educate them myself, from their infant years until the are of school age. That said, I am nervous about the idea of educating my own children, especially given that my credentials will not extend to a specialization in Early Childhood Education. I could earn that additional credential, but I am not sure if the cost of doing so would be more financially advantageous than sending our children to a preschool, since the teachers will already have specialized credentials.
The other major consideration would be ensuring that my residency teaching certificate stays current, so that I can return to teaching when our children are in school. How would I go about ensuring that I keep up the needed requirements, if I take a break from my career when our children are very young? Would I have to start over when I am ready to return to teaching? Would it be difficult to find a teaching position after taking a break from active teaching?
Should I pursue my Masters while I am away from teaching, and taking care of our future children?
Are any other bees thinking of doing this? Have any other bees done this? Advice? Insight?