29 December 2017

Yes, I'm a teacher. No, I don't want children of my own.

First off, hats off to you teacher moms, I have NO idea how you do it!

I can remember being a little girl and wanting kids when I grew up.
I didn't grow up with siblings, so I never had the first hand experience of living with a baby.
My first real experience with a baby was when my best friend had my god daughter.
And while I love the idea of a child that is part me and part my husband, I've never truly wanted to have children of my own.

And I don't think I'm alone.

I have talked to many teachers who don't want children of their own.
Teachers who consider the children in their class, their own kids.

Teachers who may have no other choice...

If I'm being honest, I don't want the life I have to change.
I don't want to lose the ability to fly to wherever I want in a moments notice, just because.
I don't want to lose the ability to take the train to New York with my husband for a quick weekend getaway.
I don't want to lose the ability to spend my income on ridiculous, non necessary things like unicorn notebooks...
And while I know there is so much to gain by being a parent, I just don't think that's the life for me.

I think the world is changing and we are slowly learning to accept "different" families.
That the word "family" doesn't always mean "with a child".

But I still find that many people are quick to change my mind about not wanting children.
As if after one 5 minute conversation with a stranger, my thoughts will change and I'll see the light.

I don't want children of my own.
I am lucky to get 23 (or 25) children of my own every year.
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