Quote from Hnebun
Thanks for your really great replies....Blee-I too am not the kind that goes ga-ga over other peoples babies, and the only kids I really like are my own!! However, I am told that I am great with kids (though I think not) so now this is the plan:
I will go ahead and get my RN. I think that I will only work per diem, not full-time. Nursing school will be bad enough on the wee ones, I don't think its fair to go full-time immediately after nursing school unless its absolutely necessary. Then, if things move smoothly, I will go back and get my BSN and teaching credentials. My family is my #1 priority & I don't want to miss out on their growing up years, but mommy is going to need a life too!
Wow! Planning your children in is very admirable! If there were more parents like you, I would probably still be teaching (high school math).
When I left teaching (1996) there were a lot of requirements for obtaining a masters within so many years, and attending inservices during the summer, and and and...
I'm not saying the place where you'll work is like this. I just know that we were required to spend a lot of time off-shift and we were salaried, so we were working for free. By the time all of that was figured in, we weren't making a ton of money.
Teaching the younger ones is probably different since you don't have 5 sections to teach and they are at a different maturity level. Just some things to think about.
Now have you ever considered teaching adults (since it sounds like you maybe love teaching and not children in particular??)
I only ask because nursing educators are in short supply (of course you'd want to pursue that after the children are older or in college, but it's something to think about).