I should be elated right now to be going on a maternity leave shortly and meeting my baby girl.
The reality is maternity leave scares me more then giving birth! Until now, my work (whatever it may be) has been my baby and to hand it over to someone else seems impossible.
There is one nagging thought that I try to push away. "No one can do the job like I can." This annoying thought has driven me to let a house cleaner go at 8 months pregnant (because I could do a better job), not ask for parent help (I get frustrated when adults can't fill a glue bottle without help), put on a gas mask to strip wall paper and paint my house (while 6 months pregnant). I hate to think I'm a control freak but. . .
I have a hard time letting go. I spent a lot of time this break preparing my room and plans for a substitute teacher to walk into the art room for 8 weeks. My maternity leave could be right around the corner (one never knows with babies!)
HAS ANYONE EVER DONE THIS BEFORE?
I know what I do in the month of February and March but I know the students really well by March. Setting a bunch of kids loose with paint and pottery with a substitute teacher (who may or may not be an art teacher) seems like a recipe for disaster. So I am trying 2D projects that don't require a lot of supplies.
One thing I know for sure I will download my whole substitute folder and share because I hope I can help another mom-to-be!
If you've ever gone on a maternity leave please help another mom-to-be. . . what worked best for you and your substitute?
Thanks to Mrs. Hahn at Mini Matisse for your advice!