Becoming a parent: The baby’s arrival

Two teachers share the life-changing experience of having a baby – and how that affected their day jobs

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Becoming a parent will change you

As a teacher in my twenties, a lot of bonding with my colleagues was done via Friday drinks. It was a way to unwind from our high-pressure school environment and to welcome the weekend.

When I first became a parent, I gradually stopped attending these get-togethers. My partner was at home with our son all day and I felt like it was a good idea to relieve her, so after-work drinks became rarer.

With time, I realised I no longer wanted to go. I spent a lot of time at work already – at that time, I was a head of maths – and I decided that, actually, I just ...

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