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I Took As Much Time Off to Stay Home as I Could

I am an early childhood professional and a mother of two. I took as much time off to stay home as I could. When it came to be necessary I went back to work as a toddler teacher/parent educator.With the little wage and no benefits I receive for working this important job it hardly makes it worth being away from my own children. Afterall, I am shaping and molding the next generation. Ever heard the saying "Everything I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten?" My point is, I go to work to make ends meet in our home, while worrying that my children are receiving the best care they can from someone who is also recieving a wage far lower than average with no benefits. What is on their minds at work? How did we get to be a society that gives no credit or proper wages to educators???? I know I am not in the E.R. saving someones life from an overdose, I know I am not in congress passing laws to make our world safer, I am just another teacher that hopes the child's parents have enough time to make up for the lack society has offered in the form of "education."
—Jessica
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