If you are following along on Instagram, then you know that I just had my first day back to work yesterday after a 5 year break of having three little girls and being at home with them.
I have always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom until all my littles were in school. I wanted to ensure that their formative years were spent with me, with mommy’s love and attention and for me to instill the values and morals in them that are important to my husband and I. How successful I’ve been in this goal is DEFINITELY debatable, lol, but I will at least never regret that I didn’t try. Now, I have accepted a small part-time administrative role at a school I’ve previously worked at, and the tiny commitment is a perfect transition for my family, since I’m still home a majority of the time. Aiza and Rania are in a full-day Pre-K Montessori program and on my working days, Zahra stays with a nanny who helped us out throughout my complicated pregnancy with her. With this role, I still have the best of both worlds – because, to be honest, a part of me was itching to start working towards my personal career goals again.
A five year gap from your career is no joke though. I had forgotten so much of the professional lingo associated with my field. I had forgotten the best practices of the trade that teachers and administrators implement to have smoothly running classrooms and to create a culture of respect and teamwork with students. As I was perusing the internet the night before, I realized there are so many new educational strategies and classroom theories that are in place. So many new school policies are in effect. I was so nervous, but I went into work trusting in my prior abilities and knowing that I was a fast enough learner to pick it up. I had faith in my ability to build good relationships with others and knew that I would find a way to navigate around my weaknesses. Fortunately, once I stepped into the building, a lot of stuff started coming back to me too.
Anything new in life requires baby steps. So that’s what I’m going to do – take it one day at a time, one step at a time. Baby steps. Baby steps in stilettos that is. 😉