NEVER PUSH FAMILY AWAY

THOUGHTS FOR PRE-SERVICE AND BEGINNING TEACHERS (15)

A clear and distinct danger of the teaching and educational profession is that work priorities can push family responsibilities into the background. The amount of time spent at work, or working on work tasks at home can relegate family members to being second or third best. They may come to feel they are being taken for granted.

Family members will wear the tag of second class citizenship for only so long; many families have broken up because work commitments have devalued them, diluting and eroding what may well have been strong family values. Beyond their years at work, those who have surrendered families may well finish up as sad, lonely and unwanted people. “No one on their death bed ever regretted not having spent more time at work”. (anon)

‘Family first’ should be the norm.

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