Post # 1
im interested in your decisioregular ding TTC and career. I’d love to hear from teachers but any profession is fine by me.
From 2014 I will be a permanent teacher. Once I have worked for 12 months I all be approved for paid maternity leave for 18 weeks. My position will be waiting for me when I get back. Once I go back to work, as a teacher, I am able to continue my position part time until bub turns 2.
I guess I’d like to know whether it would be guest for FI and I to TTC when I’ve only been working fill time for 2 years? Or do you think it is best to establish my skills and wait to TTC until say 5 years. im finding it hard to decide… I know it is important to build my skills.. But at the same time I am so lucky to have a secure job. So what do you ladies think? What would/did you do?
FYI I am 23 and FI is 24 so age isn’t an issue
Post # 3
Wow ! In the US we get six weeks!
Post # 4
I think waiting 5 years. By then you will have a routine and lesson already made so it will be easier!
Post # 5
@kfiorita: I’m a teacher and I’m due at the end of my second year of teaching. Although, I’m in America so I only get six weeks off at the end of this year and then I go back to school next year full time. I think I would have gone ahead and followed the same TTC plan even if I was going to take more time off. I believe teaching is a never ending learning experience. You are going to still be learning new skills even after 10 years of teaching. So why not just go for it.
Post # 6
@MrsMath: thank you. That is a fantastic way to think about it. I am just worried about making a decision that I may regret. I know that life is all about making mistakes and learning from them.. But I’d like to avoid them if possible 🙂
Post # 7
@kfiorita: Commenting to follow – I am also from Adelaide and am currently studying primary teaching 🙂 we’re having a bub next month, but am interested for when we decide to have more children when I am qualified 🙂
Post # 8
@kfiorita: I think there’s never a totally “right” time. So as long as you have things figured out re: work/time off/maternity leave, I’d say go for it whenever you guys feel ready for it yourself. 🙂 Good for you!
We’re not ready for kids yet, which is good because there’s no maternity leave at my current job. We’re going to have to do some serious planning ahead too, because I’m going to have to change jobs if we ever decide we want to have a baby!
Post # 9
@kfiorita: I’m due in December and it’s my second year teaching. We get up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave that we can use sick days to get paid for. I will be coming up with a brand new curriculum and lesson plans for both general and AP classes. This year is going to be asbolutely crazy, but I didn’t want to put my life on hold for my career. Teaching is always going to be tough with neverending work, so if you feel like you are ready to TTC, I say go for it!
Post # 10
This is my second year teaching and after baby is born in april I won’t be going back to work. I love my job but DH and I decided Its best for our family for me to be a SAHM. I will be sacrificing a bit but wouldn’t have it any other way. I will go back to work once all our children are in school (approx. 10 years from now). If I were to go back it would be at the beginning of next school year full time.
ETA: I think you should start TTC when it’s right for you and your SO not your career
Post # 11
We’re actually planning to TTC during my final year of grad school before even starting my career. I really want a baby and don’t think I could wait any longer so for me it was an easy choice. I think anytime after a year would be great! Even having a year or two under your belt should be enough with schooling and everything.
Post # 12
@kfiorita: We started TTC last year will i was in grad school with the hopes that I would have the baby during the summer and have a year or two off before beginning my career. I ended up graduating, landing a job and we are still ttc. I am nervous about maybe getting preggers during my first year of teaching however at this rate, I don’t want to stop ttc because I really have no idea how long it will take us. So, to me, starting a family is more important then pleasing my supervisor! Luckily I am in special education, so I can always find a job if for some reason my current position dislikes me being pregnant my first year!
Post # 13
I’m a teacher in Victoria and just about to go on maternity leave (and feel so lucky about our maternity leave here in Aus compared to poor US bees!!). Yes, teaching gets easier each year as you stockpile lesson plans and strategies, and I wouldn’t like to be beginning with a baby – the only time I’ve experienced fatigue similar to pregnancy fatigue is in my first term teaching!! But the timelines you are talking about are so far away (there is a huge difference between 2 and 5 years!!) that only you and hubby can make the right decisions there.
Plus, I’d be more focused on when you are emotionally and financially ready, rather than career-ready. Teaching is quite a good job for stepping in and out of. Good luck!!
Post # 14
I am a teacher in one of the toughest school districts in the US. One thing I have learned is no matter how great of a year I have had, it is no guarantee that the next year will be the same. Every year is different, every group of students is different. They all need different things. Yes, with your years of teaching you build a stockpile of ideas, but everything needs to evolves to suite your needs for that year. Your career is constanly changing. I have also known some verteran teachers who have had very stressul/difficult years.
That being said I will be starting my 4th year of teaching next week and my baby is due in Feb. We get up to 14 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. If we have leave saved up and buy into the teachers union maternity leave bank, we can use that the be paid during that time. Our goal was to try and conceive so that our baby would be due in May, that way the paid portion of maternity leave would take me to the start of summer vacation. But we also knew when exactly we conceived would be out of our control. So we kind of let the cards fall where they may and were successful ahead of schedule.
I have to admit, I am scared to go back to work for those last 6 weeks (my paid maternity leave will not take me all the way to summer break). I am scared that the amount of time I am away from my students (and the treatment they get from a sub) will disrupt the realtionship I have with them and it will be very difficult to get back.
Post # 15
@hamikay: thanks 🙂 it’s good to hear from an Aussie bee. I am kinda pleased about Abbotts plan to give women 6 months at full pay maternity leave. fantastic news for young families in Australia. It gives me a lot more confidence in TTC earlier. no one wants to worry about money.
Post # 16
@odynsmom: that must be annoying that you have to go back for 6 weeks!!!
i will likely be working in hard to staff regions so I need to prepare myself for severe behaviour management issues. You have definitely given me something to think about 🙂