It's working for Elena W
"A high school doesn't really come equipped with private offices or restrooms. There just happened to be a tiny lounge off of our staff restroom. "
There will be moments when you feel like you’re not doing any of it right – parenting or working – but you have to get through the rough patches and you will come out on the other side.
My first leave was 12 weeks. My second leave was only 8 weeks, however I had the ability to take off 12. I was nervous both times for different reasons. The first time I was nervous just because it was all so new – how would I get enough milk produced? How would I feel leaving the baby? With my second child, I knew what to expect, however, he wasn’t as great of a sleeper as my older son, so I was more nervous about how I would get through long days on little to no sleep.
Making it all work. Finding the time to be a good mom, but also still be a good teacher. The balancing act was what scared me the most.
I just found advice through speaking with working friends; I didn’t have a mentor so to say.