When I was working, I regularly worked 60 hour weeks. I would get into school at about 7.30am and work through until 6pm. Days consisted of long meetings, holding assemblies, talking to parents, discussing progress with teachers, taking classes, talking to children, looking at budgets, running staff meetings, running training sessions, planning lessons, supporting teachers, attending training sessions and trying to keep up with the madness of Ofsted requirements. I was tired! A lot. I’d go to bed utterly exhausted, often waking in the night with worries, thoughts, headaches. I honestly didn’t think I could do anything as tiring as being a Headteacher. How wrong I was!
A year ago, we became parents to our two gorgeous children – and I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my life. There are no long meetings, no planning, no training involved (although I do sometimes wish there had been a little!). Instead, I spend my days rushing from one place to another, making sure each of the children are on time for their playdates or school. I schedule 4 people’s lives (although somehow the things I need to do are definitely at the bottom of the pile!), make sure everyone has the right clothes at the right time in the right place. I practice reading and spellings with Little Miss twice a day, and I practice counting and phonics with Little Sir as often as I can. I make sure we have time for cuddles, fun, kisses, laughter, games and experiences. I wake in the morning full of ideas of where we can go, what we can do and what we can learn. I sometimes wake at night worrying about how to help Little Miss with friendship issues, or how I can ensure Little Sir can negotiate new situations.
But as I sit on the sofa tonight, completely wiped out from a whole day at the zoo where we scooted, investigated, challenged each other, had a swimming lesson, and I managed to answer questions ranging from ‘Mummy, what would happen if our car was in a tree?’ to ‘Mummy, why can’t penguins talk?’ I realise how much more fulfilling, exciting and fun life is with my gorgeous family. I wouldn’t change it back for the world!
Want To Join Our Tribe?
We'd love to have you in the Tribe with us. We'll send you out all our updates and any exciting news as it happens!