The positives of being a teacher and a parent

Teachers juggling dual roles often fear that their home life can have only a negative impact on their classroom practice and vice versa – but there are numerous benefits, says Stephanie Keenan, who lays out three advantages

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Every teacher knows that, given half a chance, the job can dominate our lives completely from dusk ’til dawn; the vampires of planning, marking and data devour our every moment until we collapse, bloodless and pale, into the next half-term holiday, like survivors from a gory Tarantino movie.

When you also have your own mini-vampires – sorry, children – at home, you can run the risk of feeling even more drained. From “Miss” to “Mum”, you are always on call, often feeling in a no-win situation, as if your parenting suffers from the impact of your teaching life while your teaching simultaneously ...

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