As I took my teaching leave this year to focus on my freelance work so as to give more time for my family, I find myself alone with the househelp on school days. Ralph is now in Grade 3 and his typical school day starts the moment I wake him up at 5:15 a.m., give him a bath (yes, I still have to assist my sleepy child) and to feed him breakfast. The school service picks him up before 6 a.m. so they can make it to school by 7 a.m. School starts at 7:20 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. He's back home before 5 p.m., just in time for the merienda I prepare for him
I often compare how my school days were in the past to what my son is having now. School was much easier then, don't you think? Now, they have more complex lessons and they have longer school hours. Children are under so much stress compared to children in the past. This is one of the major reasons why I chose to work at home.