I know you all want to know….Where is Lincoln today? He has been busy destroying a toy. Somehow he got all these pieces apart. No idea how he did that. I was too busy feeding Nolan to pay attention. Oh well, at least it wasn’t another sharpie mishap. I know you are also dying to know did I use the toothpaste to remove the sharpie.
Actually no. It’s still on my table because I have just been too busy to do anything about it. And the fact that I never really have anyone come to my house so I don’t have to make it perfect. If you need to come over, make an appointment so I can make sure that it’s sharpie free and spotless. Make it a week in advance so I have time to actually make it look presentable because that’s how long it will take.
I get asked all the time “How do you do it all?” The truth is I don’t do it all. I’ve learned that no one person can do it all. I can only do bits and pieces and do it well.
This school year, I have made three rules I do live by to help me.
- Leave work at three unless I NEED to stay. I know people think teachers stay late a lot and that’s true. I feel like my work is never done. There is always something going on, but the truth is that the work will be there tomorrow. I try and make the most of my planning time and if I need more time I come in early. I would rather come in early (which I do A LOT) than stay late. My kids are not up early, but they do need me in the afternoon so working early instead of late is better for me.
- Leave ALL work at school. Last year I tried to take my work home and I even did this at the beginning of this year. The truth is the time with my kids is important and I don’t live to work, I work to live. See again, make the most of my time at work count so I don’t need to bring it home, or come in early to do stuff.
- GO TO SLEEP. This one is harder for me. Especially this week. Nolan and Ems decided to party in the middle of the night two nights in a row so we didn’t get much sleep. However, I do LOVE naps and take them when I can ( and my husband lets me!!). I try to be in my bed no later than 8:30. I wake up most days between 5-5:30. Sleep is critical when I spend all day with kids.
I also thought I would get smart and give up coffee and caffeine but if we are being real that’s not happening. I thrive on the stuff. Some of my students can even tell you how many cups I drink a day (It’s two). On the weekends, it’s one. I only have four to five instead of 18 so less caffeine is needed.
And lastly, ALWAYS recruit help…