(Closed) Teaching and Babies :)

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: How long after I get my first teaching job should we try for babies?
    Right away, By the time you give birth you will have taught a year. : (3 votes)
    9 %
    Teach for 2-3 years first : (19 votes)
    56 %
    Teach for 3-4 years first : (7 votes)
    21 %
    Teach for 5 or more years first : (5 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @eeruhlig:  By law, you can’t be fired for having a baby. So unless you think you might take off more than your 3 months, I don’t see the problem with trying for a baby. 

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Im a teacher also and it took me about 2 months to get a job, I don’t have kids but I plan to have kids a year after I get married.

    Post # 6
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

    Having kids and being a teacher is difficult even for the most seasoned teacher. I would wait until you have atleast a year of teaching under your belt! 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Well, the problem is that if you take more than 3 months off, all bets are off.

    If you took a job and then a month into it was like “Hey, I’m pregnant,” the employer can’t do anything (you are planning your pregnancy, so it seems a bit more complicated, but the law is there to protect you if you got pregnant by accident or–worse–you were raped or something but decided to keep the baby), regardless of however s/he felt about it. 

    Chances are, most employers however, would not relish having to find a maternity leave substitute and might feel a bit grumbly about the situation. This would not help you if you decided to take MORE time off and could seriously jeopardize your chances of continuing your employment with the school. You wouldn’t have the protection of tenure (which I don’t even know if it protects you if you voluntarily leave for a year) and you wouldn’t have enough time to prove your value as a teacher to the school. 

    Unfortunately, the situation wouldn’t be that different if you waited 1-2 years, because your employer STILL doesn’t ahve to give you more than 12 weeks and guarantee your position. So if you are equally committed to having a baby AND keeping your job, your best bet is to keep your maternity leave standard (although I would agree iwth a PP and wait a year to get your bearings with teaching in general). 

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I moved out of country, so I was able to land a job basically right away. 

    Most of the people who graduated in my section had to work for several years as supply in order to get a permanent job.  Some as many as five years.  Some gave up and didn’t use their teaching degree.

    I think it’s important to be realistic that teaching jobs can be tough to get, depending on where you live.  Also, if you’re not sure what you want to do baby wise for time off, maybe subbing would suit your plans for the immediate future.

    Post # 11
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    413 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I had to subtitute for a year before I got my first teaching job.  I am 26 now- first year teacher.  I would like to have babies soon, but my husband will start grad school to become a nurse practitioner.  He will graduate in 2016.  So if we have a baby right after he graduates, I will be 30.  I always thought I wanted to have my first baby when I was early 20’s, however that did not happen and now I couldn’t imagine having a 3(ish) year old child.  Plus, if I teach for 5 years I can get a HUGE amount of my student loans forgiven.  So this new plan seems like it will work out just fine.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Like others, I was a substitute and then a long-term substitute (in a certified teaching position) before landing a permanent job. Not sure what the teaching job situation is i your area, but around here we are cutting teaching positions left and right. We are losing 12 people from our school alone this year. I guess it would depend on your priorities: do you want children right away or do you want to start your career? For me personally, having a career right now is a priority so I would not take the time off yet. I would wait until I had taught at least maybe 2-3 years before trying for a baby. That way, you aren’t taking advantage of your school and you will have a decent amount of experience. 

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee

    So… couple of things. Congrats on your choice of profession. I was a teacher for four years and definitely understand our need for great teachers! And I think it’s really good you’re trying to plan out your family/life timeline. But at this point while you’re still in school/not on the job market just yet, it’s hard to plan out too much. You could get a boss teaching job right out of school and want kids sooner. Or you could have a harder time (knock on wood not the case!) and need to wait a little longer. It’s great that you’re young and will be totally fine even if you have inch up your timeline a bit.

    I think waiting until you are tenured is a really good idea. Even though you’re protected by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (and *all* pregnancy is protected under this act, unless the employer is very small but school districts are always big enough to fall under it), you’ll have more power as a tenured teacher. If you get lucky, you can time the pregnancy for early summer and start off with a few months for “free,” then take your twelve weeks at the beginning of the next school year. I also can’t imagine being a first-year teacher AND being pregnant/having a baby at the same time.Surprised

    On loans… If you teach a high-need subject and/or in a Title I school, Stafford and Perkins loans and perkins. Whiddled my 30k of loans down to about 5k this way over four years of teaching. Teaching more than that can get you 100% forgiveness. Definitely worth looking into, especially if you have a lot of loans.

    Good luck! 🙂 

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