Having my first baby was a great joy for me. I am still very happy and would want nothing more than to spend as much time as possible with my son. I therefore do not regret my decision to request for a whole year off from my work so that I can ensure my son has acquired the very best start in his life.
The school where I work is privately owned and the management there is very kind to me especially since the owner is a longtime friend of my father. Actually, he is the one who urged me to join his school and leave my previous employment. I am a kindergarten teacher and I am very talented with kids. The school owner had realized how I easily managed children during a party he had organized between friends and he had been particularly surprised at how I managed to control his unruly twin sons. Since they were then about to join kindergarten, he asked me to join his school and teach them. I agreed.
I immediately loved teaching the school due to its beautiful environment, its culture, the challenges it offered, and the very good pay that I was getting. However, my plan had always to raise my own children. So when I got pregnant I was in a dilemma since I did not want to lose my job and still wanted to be able to solely raise my child. After discussing the issue with my husband, we decided that the best option would be to compromise and take a one year leave after which I would hire a nanny.
The other problem was getting a replacement at work. Luckily, just within this time, there was a lady who had completed her basic course as a kindergarten teacher. She was seeking for a place to work for a period of time and earn some money to continue with her studies. After assessing her teaching skills she was found to be competent enough to hold my job for the one year I would be away.
After I got my baby, the first few weeks were a lot of fun and full of activity as I adapted to motherhood and learnt all about nursing a new born. However, as time moved on I realized I was having a lot of free time. My son loved his sleep and often after feeding he would doze off and sleep for long intervals. I was getting bored with all the free time in my hands.
This is when the idea came to me that I could continue my music classes. I had begun taking music classes while in college but had stopped as other responsibilities overtook me. I still has a passion for music and I wanted to be able to also teach some music.
I was able to get a private music tutor within the town who agreed to be coming to my house to give me music lessons. Since I was already quite good at playing the piano, I also decided to learn playing the guitar.
After the one year period, I was very good in guitar and had completed a section of my music course.