You may have noticed some changes happening on my blog and social media pages and I wanted to fill you in on what is going on…if you read my blog regularly, you know that I have a toddler. When I was on maternity leave, I went to my principal and asked what I could do at my school part-time. I felt like I could not stay home full-time, nor could I work full-time. It was his idea to “job share” and I have been working part-time in my library (with another certified school librarian as my other half) for the past two years. It has been wonderful and I am very lucky to have an administration at my school who allowed me to do this. However, even working part-time, I never felt like I had enough time with my daughter. My husband and I decided that this school year would be my last (for now). Much respect to those caregivers who work full-time. Even more respect to caregivers who work full-time and who are doing this whole parenting thing on their own.
After I announced that I was going to stay home, I got a lot of “but, what are you going to DO?!” Here is my answer to that question. First, I am going to spend time with my kiddo. She turned two in March and it is amazing each day to watch her grow. I am looking forward to being able to do all of the things I dreamed about when I was pregnant – story time at the library, picnics in the park, visits to the zoo, going to the movies…mom stuff! Yes, we did all of that while I was working, but usually, it was either on the weekends, when it wasn’t so enjoyable (I do not love crowds) or it was rushed because the place we were at was about to close (or I was worried about being stuck in traffic) or I was busy thinking about and planning upcoming events or programs at work. I wasn’t really present with what I was doing with my girl. So, mostly, I will be available for and present with my kiddo.
When she is sleeping, I will write about books, reading, libraries…my passions still. I will tinker with technology and explore author websites and read journals about libraries and children’s literature. Stay tuned to the blog. It’s not going anywhere. I am kind of excited about being able to fully express my thoughts and opinions without worrying about offending someone or stepping on someone’s toes. I will continue to teach Children’s Literature at the University of South Carolina. I will be available for special projects and I will also suggest books and do reader’s advisory. I love my career, but it is time to take a break from the school library and spend time with my family.
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