January is fun for me. I get to teach everyday. I have a chance to eat lunch with friends. I get to ride public transportation. I get to teach subject matter that is important to me.
Of course there is a down side. I end up having to plan class in the afternoon when I am stupid or in the evening when I'm even stupider. My house is a total mess. The weekends are anything but restful.
I wouldn't say my child has suffered although Eric has done the lion's share of childcare this month. Sarah loves her daddy but I'm missing out. I am only support staff when it comes to parenting this month. I think the extent of my quality time with my child today consisted of me putting a Hello Kitty temporary tattoo on her while I was writing an exam at the same time. This feels like a pretty big price to pay.
Almost every mom I know talks about trying to achieve the balance between motherhood and work. Almost no mom I know has achieved that balance.