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Old Feb 13th, 2011, 08:13 AM   1
Trying to conceive (TTC)
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Teaching or baby

I have only started trying for a baby last month.
I now have been offered a place on a teaching course, which will last one year. But i don't know whether to take it or not. I really want a baby and I've always wanted to teach, but i guess as you grow older things changed. And, you really can't have both can you?
I applied last Oct, but a lot of things have happened since then, obviously changing my mind.
My husband wants me to do the teaching as it only a year, but i'm 30 years old, and will be 32 when i finish in 2012. Will i be too old then, as i feel i am now!!!

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Old Feb 13th, 2011, 08:26 AM   2
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I'm a teacher and I must say it is a hard task! I too did a year long training course. I have a friend doing a 3 year course and she has managed to have a baby in the middle of it. I think she is amazing or crazy.
Can you defer the teaching course for a year? If not do it and resume ttc at Christmas (seems ages away) but it will allow you to be pregnant and finish your course. I know what you mean about age, I'm 29 now and feel so old especially being ntnp!

As for teaching and being a parent, loads of people do it! In our current circumstances I am going to be working full time and my DF is going to be a house husband and hopefully get some part time work. I know it is going to be tough but you do get the school holidays. My key stage leader always feels bad for missing her childrens' sports days, plays etc. You also feel like the pay sucks to begin with but for me it has got better with the years (current government might change all that though). Also the maternity pay is good but you don't qualify for it until you have worked for the authority for a certain amount of time, but worth thinking about it if you plan to have more than 1.

Hope I've helped a little amongst my babble x

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