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Old 02-20-2007, 08:38 PM   #1  
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I *SO* want to stay home and stamp! I had yesterday off. But, went shopping with my momma.
I can't stamp on the weekend because my creativity is just *gone!* (As a 5th grade teacher, they suck the life/creativity out of me!) LOL
But, I have track break (think broken up summer vacation) from March 6th on! So, I can't really justify staying home. BUT I want to!
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I feel exactly the same way today. I can feel your pain!
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March 6th is pretty soon. Think of a goal to do something BEFORE track break that has been daunting you or something that would be good to get done but you just never get to it. You will be focused on that and pretty soon the break will be here.
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Stay home and stamp ... that's what sick days are for. (I hardly EVER miss work for being sick. So, I use some of my sick days as stamp days!!!!!) Have fun.
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AND it's snowing outside! I just woke up a discovered that. Kids and snow days are crazy! Too late for today!
Vee... I actually agree with you. I would feel way guilty if I took a day off. So... a goal. Hmmm get to work. LOL
I have several... that's why I can't stamp. Too many irons in the fire!
Anyways... thanks for telling me it would be okay!
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Hate to be a party-pooper but work should come first. I've been at my job nearly five years and I work year-round, no summers off for me. I have missed exactly 4 days of work when I had knee surgery. It's hard sometimes when you don't feel like going to work but you have a responsibility to your job and that should come first. Stamping is something to be done in your free time and it sometimes suffers but that's life. I guess I'm from the old school since I'm nearing retirement age but sick leave is something to be used when you are really sick and not when you feel like you need some free time. Sorry.
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When your last day on earth comes will you wish you had spent more days stamping or more days working? If you can afford a day off, it is healthy to take them now and then. Does wonders for balance in your life and for your mental health. You are not indispensable to anyone but YOU.
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I too work all year around. But I occasionally need "mental health" days. I then take a vacation day. But I don't tell DH because then he would find "errands" for me to run. I'm looking forward to retirement I only have 3,966 days to go.
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but Sue, you aren't counting are you?!?!
Gosh, I'm only 23... can you imagine what my count would be?!?!

I'm at the school guys, so obviously I care! I was just sayin'!

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Oh, I'm counting all right. Heck, I'm even planning things I will do when I retire. I know that I won't be able to afford to buy many stamps so I am stocking up on all I can now. That way I will only have to spend my pension on cardstock, envelopes and stamps.

Then too, my stamps will all be collectibles and who know I may be able to sell them and finance a trip ...... to the grocery store.
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I *SO* want to stay home and stamp! I had yesterday off. But, went shopping with my momma.
I can't stamp on the weekend because my creativity is just *gone!* (As a 5th grade teacher, they suck the life/creativity out of me!) LOL
But, I have track break (think broken up summer vacation) from March 6th on! So, I can't really justify staying home. BUT I want to!
Oh the dilemas of life! And work!
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OMG!!! THAT WAS ME ON TUESDAY!!!

I had FINALLY finished organizing my craft room aftre our move (we arrived in Germany and I was hired to teach middle school math the first day of school - this is my first year teaching too!) and I SO didn't want to go to school! I jumped up and down in front of my hubby like a little kid "I don't wanna go to work today!! I wanna stay home and STAMP MY LITTLE HEART OUT!!" He actually encouraged me to stay home and enjoy the day - I work hard and am getting over a nasty cold bug.

I should have listened to - my reward for going to work on a staff development day? 1/3 of the staff didn't go, against principal's orders, and as I result I was forced to head up a committee on top of all my prior committments - I barely have time to TEACH with all the administrative BS they have me doing! I am so mad - I worked hard to be a teacher, I love teaching, I love math - and most of my time is occupied with administrative crrrrrrrrrrrrrrrap! What is WRONG with this picture???

Anyway, thanks for making me feel ike I am not alone. (Next time - let's BOTH stay home!!)

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I hear ya! I just had a 4 day weekend and still wanted to play hooky--so, it's not just the teachers, it's the administrators, too who feel it and need mental health days to play and recharge!
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I'm a special ed. teacher and we had a snow day this week and one last week. Without those I think I would have had to take a "mental health" day. I think it's just as important to take care of our mental health as it is our physical health. Those kids can suck the creativity out of us and sometimes I just don't want to be in charge!
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I'm a special ed. teacher and we had a snow day this week and one last week. Without those I think I would have had to take a "mental health" day. I think it's just as important to take care of our mental health as it is our physical health. Those kids can suck the creativity out of us and sometimes I just don't want to be in charge!
I can relate! I was going to take a sinus/mental health day and we ended up having a snow day! Not as relaxing with my 2 kids at home but I did get some stamping in!
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Thanks gals!
The snow wasn't too bad though! And I do have track break coming! Let me count the days!
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Guess I should feel special....I'm 50 ...almost 51.....and never worked a day in my life...went straight from home to college to marriage....had 2 children..did all the school & mom stuff...now its just me,TV, and my stamp room!!!And some days I don't even stamp...like today! Too much TV going on!
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I figure I have 6,336 days left to work until I retire. How depressing is that?
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It sounds like a lot of days, but it is surprising how fast they go by. It seems like just last year I was looking at that number too. But if you start stocking up now on your stamping supplies - you will have all you need for retirement.
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I *SO* want to stay home and stamp! I had yesterday off. But, went shopping with my momma.
I can't stamp on the weekend because my creativity is just *gone!* (As a 5th grade teacher, they suck the life/creativity out of me!) LOL
I can certainly relate to a desperate need for a mental health day now and then, as I recall my years as a public school teacher . . .

I *loved* teaching . . . but, I ended up leaving the field of education, because I always felt *so* drained that I had nothing left for my own two children . . .

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But, I have track break (think broken up summer vacation) from March 6th on! So, I can't really justify staying home. BUT I want to!
Oh the dilemas of life! And work!
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Most teachers I know are dedicated to putting in more overtime hours than many realize, for which they are, and *never* will be compensated.

Hang in there, Kendra!

As a parent, and, former teacher, I would have a hard time begrudging you a day or two of mental health taken throughout the school year.
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As a first grade teacher I do believe that one sometimes needs a "mental health" day... I love my work but the kids do drain you and anyone who doesn't think so can come be me for a day with my 25 students!!! Seriously- sometimes we all need a break. In my opinion, that's what sick days are for. Mental health is just as important as physical health. That's my 2 cents on the subject.
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I can certainly relate to a desperate need for a mental health day now and then, as I recall my years as a public school teacher . . .

I *loved* teaching . . . but, I ended up leaving the field of education, because I always felt *so* drained that I had nothing left for my own two children . . .



Many folks don't realize how taxing on the mind and spirit being a teacher actually is, and that summers off, aren't typically long relaxing vacations; they are usually spent attending classes to maintain one's teaching certificate/credentials, as required by the state, and on the teacher's own meager salary, to boot.

Most teachers I know are dedicated to putting in more overtime hours than many realize, for which they are, and *never* will be compensated.

Hang in there, Kendra!

As a parent, and, former teacher, I would have a hard time begrudging you a day or two of mental health taken throughout the school year.
Gosh! I would have loved you for a teacher Julie! Let me guess, 3rd grade? You just look like a 3rd grade teacher!
Well... I brought tons of stuff home with me to work on, but I'm going to do it after I stamp a bit! LOL. I just gots stuff I want to do. Plus, I made a trip to Archivers. I wasn't a terrible girl, but I did get some new paper!
I did make something for myself last night and stayed up late doing it. But, I didn't feel bad. It felt good to stamp for myself.
I will have March off - so lots of stamping for me.
Thanks for your kind words Julie.... I do just feel like the creativity is sucked out of me at times. It wouldn't be so bad, except that this is my outlet. My one thing that I have that makes me feel unbelievably creative and happy. So, I enjoy being able to have that release.

So, hopefully I will post some more stuff this weekend!
Again, thanks for the kind words!
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I can certainly relate to a desperate need for a mental health day now and then, as I recall my years as a public school teacher . . .

I *loved* teaching . . . but, I ended up leaving the field of education, because I always felt *so* drained that I had nothing left for my own two children . . .



Many folks don't realize how taxing on the mind and spirit being a teacher actually is, and that summers off, aren't typically long relaxing vacations; they are usually spent attending classes to maintain one's teaching certificate/credentials, as required by the state, and on the teacher's own meager salary, to boot.



Most teachers I know are dedicated to putting in more overtime hours than many realize, for which they are, and *never* will be compensated.

Hang in there, Kendra!

As a parent, and, former teacher, I would have a hard time begrudging you a day or two of mental health taken throughout the school year.

Thank you, Julie, from a Kindergarten teacher! Unless you are related to or close to a teacher, you don't really know how much time/energy teachers put in year round!
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Kendra...I feel your pain! I am a kindergarten teacher (actually a PK/K multi-age ESL class this year) and I am always exhausted! I usually get to work about 6:45 am and almost always stay until 6pm. (Granted, I am a perfectionist, over-achieving workaholic!) I used to never stamp. I'd get home, do a few (very few) chores, eat dinner and fall asleep in front of the TV.

I still get home really late (but I don't work on school stuff at home!), but I make it a point to stamp several times a week. I actually force myself to, even if I'm tired. Because, after I get into it, I don't feel tired anymore. And it gets my mind off of school! Before, even if I tried not to, I thought about school all the time. I'd make to-do lists in my head, replay something that happened that day, or worry about the kids.

Honestly, I feel like I'm a better teacher because I am (finally) taking this time for myself! So if you love stamping as much as I do, make some time for it during the week and force yourself to stamp on the weekends, even a little. (Challenges have helped get my creative juices flowing).

And by all means, take a mental health day! My principal actually forced me to take 2 days off in December because I was about to crack--and they were great! Of course, then you have to write sub-plans, and that's way harder than it sounds. Again--something only teachers really get!

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I truly believe in mental health days, and I have taken them just to sleep in, stamp, sit around in my pjs, and stamp! I am a therapist, and there are some days when I know I'm not going to be effective, and I wouldn't be giving my clients the treatment they deserve if I went in, and I'm sure teaching is the same way! We all need a day off now and then, and if we've got the time and ability, I say go for it!!!!
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Hate to be a party-pooper but work should come first. I've been at my job nearly five years and I work year-round, no summers off for me. I have missed exactly 4 days of work when I had knee surgery. It's hard sometimes when you don't feel like going to work but you have a responsibility to your job and that should come first. Stamping is something to be done in your free time and it sometimes suffers but that's life. I guess I'm from the old school since I'm nearing retirement age but sick leave is something to be used when you are really sick and not when you feel like you need some free time. Sorry.
Uh-oh...I hate to be a trouble maker! BUT, until you have walked in our shoes, you have NO idea what it's like to be a teacher. (woops...unless you are a teacher, but it sounds like you aren't). We don't sit at a desk all day, as a matter of fact, the only time I really do sit is on the floor with the kids--criss cross, applesauce! We take multi-tasking to the extreme! I am on the go from the moment I walk in the door until the moment I leave--usually 11 or 12 hours a day. My lunch is officially 30 minutes, but by the time I get all the kids settled at their lunch and get back to the lounge, it's about 17 minutes (on a good day!)

And our freetime is never free. We do SO much "after-hours"--write lesson plans, make our own classroom materials, grade papers, write report cards--my principal just handed us all a professional book to read so we can discuss it during upcoming team meetings. When are we supposed to read it? Oh yeah--during our "free" time.

Oh--did I mention how often I go to work sick? Writing sub-plans is so hard--you have to write down every detail of your day so a complete stranger can do your job and deal with the 22 or so little, growing, needy human beings. And oh-yeah--because of all the germs I am exposed to everyday, I'm pretty much sick from October through March. But I get my butt out of bed and go to work and forget that I am sick because I am bound and determined to give my kids everything I can!

I love my job and am dedicated to the extreme, as I am sure all of the other teachers here are! (In another thread a while back--someone implied I was a bad teacher because I was venting). But we're human, and sometimes we just need a litle break. Please don't begrudge us that!

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Well... I brought tons of stuff home with me to work on, but I'm going to do it after I stamp a bit! LOL. I just gots stuff I want to do. Plus, I made a trip to Archivers. I wasn't a terrible girl, but I did get some new paper!
I did make something for myself last night and stayed up late doing it. But, I didn't feel bad. It felt good to stamp for myself.
I will have March off - so lots of stamping for me.
Thanks for your kind words Julie.... I do just feel like the creativity is sucked out of me at times. It wouldn't be so bad, except that this is my outlet. My one thing that I have that makes me feel unbelievably creative and happy. So, I enjoy being able to have that release.

So, hopefully I will post some more stuff this weekend!
Again, thanks for the kind words!
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But, all the extra hours--paperwork/assessments, additional prep work that couldn't get completed during my prep hour, helping kids before and after school, meetings, etc. . . . all that finally took its toll . . . I just couldn't do it any more . . .
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I think teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world, work the hardest, give a piece of their souls, and are very underpaid for taking care of the most important things in the world---our children. Their influence is huge in our children's lives. That alone is a huge weight to carry. These days when many of the homes don't do their jobs, the teachers have to be more than just teachers.
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*HUGS* You so deserve that day of stamping! But I know what you mean about being drained at the end of it all!
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I am not a teacher, but I work in a daycare taking care of baby's all day. My class is from 8 weeks to 1 year olds. I do believe in mental health days. I think that if you do not have a break then you are not doing the best you can for the kids. I know for me the weekends are not a break. I have 2 kids of my own and my husband is deployed in Kuwait. For me weekends just means it is time to clean, do laundry, and all the other things that have to be done in the house. I would love to take a mental health day. The only problem for me is that everyone in my house has been sick lately so I missed work for that. No stamping for me on thoses days. I can not afford to take any mental health days right now. I say if you need a break then take it!!!!!
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