Hey You,Teacher! Show Yourself Some Love in the New Year!

Friday, January 6, 2017
Happy New Year! Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. I started a new position at a new school and it has been super crazy! Of course, one of my resolutions for 2017 has been to get back into the swing of things with posts about what is going on in my classroom, new products that I am creating (and how to use them in your classroom!), plus delicious recipes (for all you teacher-chefs!) and fun little kid activities (for all you teacher-moms!).

This first post back, I want to talk about something going on in my classroom. Well, not my classroom specifically, more like school-wide. I want to talk about teacher self-care. In the past couple of years, there has been a definite push toward teachers practicing self-care. As teachers, we tend to think that we are carrying the weight of everything-lesson planning (and all the paperwork!), classroom management (and all the tricks and reward systems!), caring for students to the point of almost stepping into the role of parents, that we tend to forget ourselves. We tend to put our needs, and wants and loves and fears and hopes aside. And if you are a teacher-mom like me, add on parenting your little ones, and it is burn-out city!

I recall my first years teaching. My teaching partner/work wife and I would stay at school till 7 or 8 EACH night. Obviously, this was before kids! Also, we obviously became best-ies with the janitorial staff (seriously, they can do/get anything for you-we always had the cleanest classrooms!) We, along with most of the staff were new and young- we felt that we needed to put in the crazy amounts of time and effort to be successful. We came to school in the sun, in the rain, in the snow. I came in with colds, sore throats, who-knows-what, possibly the flu. She came in with colds, sore throats, and even worked through bronchitis. Did we forge an amazing bond? Yes! Was it healthy? Not so much.

It took me a couple more years of teaching and the arrival of my first baby to realize that I needed to prioritize myself. That working super-long hours didn’t make me a better teacher. That coming in when I was under the weather did not make me a better teacher.

What made me a better teacher was realizing that I needed to care for myself. That struggling to come to school when sick, instead of staying home and getting better was a recipe for disaster. Illnesses would linger. More than likely I gave it to others (sorry)!

Now, when I feel a true illness coming on, I take the time to rest. When I have reached my breaking point, and there are no days off near, I take a personal day.  I have made it a priority to take time to myself each weekend, even just a few hours while the girls nap, or go to the park with dad, to recharge.

This is my 7th year teaching. I am only sorry it took until my third year teaching to figure out the need to take care of myself, and implement it in my 4th year. So, I encourage you; check out your sick days and personal days. Then really pay attention to yourself! Prioritize yourself! No amount of long hours, or trudging through an illness will make you a better teacher. Reflect on what will make you whole and well.

Being your healthiest and able to focus on your teaching will make you a better teacher.

Please, add on one more resolution to your (long, long) list for 2017- take care of yourself!


  1. Absolutely! We are no good to anyone else if we aren't 100% ourselves!

  2. This advice could be applied to any career or age! I was actually just having a conversation with my 14-year-old kind hearted son about taking care of himself! He wants so much to take care of others that he forgets to take care of himself!

  3. You are absolutely right! I sometimes forget about taking care of myself and work far too long - until I am so sick that I don't have any other choice than staying at home.

  4. My best friend is a teacher and I'm definitely going to shower her with some love after reading this!

  5. Self-care is so important! Filling one's own cup first means there's more to give to others.

  6. So much truth here! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Great advice! As a former public school teacher who had a sister who was also a teacher I couldn't agree more. My sister caught a stomach bug followed up by the flu from kids in her classroom. She didn't take the time off she needed to get better and things got worse. She was so worried about everyone else--her students, other teachers, the principal. It turned to pneumonia. She was 11 weeks pregnant at the time and ended up becoming so sick that she lost her baby. Within just a few days she became septic and died just 24 hours after going into septic shock. Taking care of yourself is vital! I realize my sister is worse-case scenario, but things really can get bad quickly.

    1. I am so sorry to hear about your loss! That is horrible to lose someone who is so dedicated to others. That shows the importance of caring for yourself even more. Thank you for sharing her story with us!

  8. Thanks for reminding all of us to take a little time for ourselves!

  9. Great insights! Without a healthy, happy teacher, students won't get your best. Thanks for taking the time to remind teachers everywhere to take care of themselves. :)
    Heather from Mrs. Renz’ Class