Back to work after Maternity Leave

Back to work after maternity leave

Back to Work after Maternity Leave – Yikes!

Going back to work after maternity leave is a daunting prospect. A really daunting prospect. I have the guilt of leaving my baby with someone else. Shouldn’t I be at home looking after him? I know this is something every mother feels, but it still doesn’t make going back to work after maternity leave any easier. I need to realise that when I finish my days work at work, I will come home to continue looking after baby with the extra challenge of the nightly waking!

That aside there is the reality of getting back into the classroom having not worked for over 6 months and having taught in a language centre before that. I’m going to have to get back into teaching big classes, at a school rather than the small classes at a language centre. After a blissful year of absolutely no discipline or behavioural problems in the language centre, that additional consideration I am not looking forward to. These will certainly be things I’ll be confronted with when I start work again. Will ClassDojo be useful? If I have to set it up at the beginning of every class in a different classroom, will I use it? How much time will I have to make differentiating worksheets? Ahh I feel like a newbie walking into a class for the first time. I think I’m going to have to just trust to my training, and just go for it.

I’m sure the first few weeks will be difficult but on the plus side I’m looking forward to some brain stimulation having been in the company of a small person who doesn’t speak for 6 months. I’m sure my job will help me feel more normal! How about you? How did you cope going back to work after maternity leave? Have you been out of work for a while, so feeling unsure about your new job? Are you a stay at home Mum or Dad, who is about to go back to work? We would love to hear about your experience.

Joey has been teaching overseas for more than six years and has experience teaching EAP in the UK, young learners in South Korea and teaching all ages and abilities in Thailand. She has a CELTA and an MA TESOL.