Hanging Up My Gloves (For Now)

Las Fiestas have come to an end and life has returned to some sense of normalcy. I love September, but after celebrating for 25 days straight, I'm exhausted!

Its back to business as usual. The first order of business was making a decision about my teaching career. In mid-August, I decided to end my ESL courses due to low attendance. (A recurring theme in my teaching career!) I had 3 adult students and 4 or 5 child students that never missed a class. I love teaching, but earning 10 pesos per student, per day wasn't enough. (I was making about 5 dollars a day!) Unlike most working moms, my income wasn't contributing anything to our household expenses. Honestly, by the end of the courses, I was getting more money from the weekly allowance my hubby gives me! (By allowance, I mean spending money for me alone!)

When I ended my classes, I had every intention of starting new ones on October 5th. But 2 weeks after I took my leave of absence, all four of my children started school. My afternoons have been filled with numerous homework assignments for each child. My hubby and I believe that our children and their education is our main priority. I began having doubts about returning to work.

Yesterday, I received a call from La Casa de La Cultura inquiring as to when my new courses would begin. I explained my situation hoping to find a solution. It was then, that I realized that I had already made my decision. At this moment in my life, I am needed more at home than in the classroom. Nothing comes even close to being as important as my children and their education.

With Love,
Leslie Limon

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  1. Good choice Leslie! I was at home when my kids were little up until now... It's time I go back to work --- it's my turn to contribute. I definitely wouldn't if I didn't have to. I don't regret one moment of being at home watching my kids grow!

  2. At what age do kids start school in Mexico? My daughter will be 4 in November, will she start next school year in Mexico?

  3. Melissa: I know in my heart that I have made the right choice.

    Crystal: I depends on the school. Your daughter could start kindergarten as soon as you arrive in Mexico, but she would end up going for 3 years, instead of the required 2. I would suggest you wait until August 2010.

  4. Our Spanish teacher charged us $250 per week per person for a 1-1/2 hour class two times per week. Perhaps you could teach Spanish to any gringos in the area? Or Business English to companies looking to move into English speaking markets? (Gary in DF does that) Not that I don't think you've made the right choice, just thinking that $10 per class per student is such low pay it would be hard to get excited about it.

    Glad you made the right decision for you and the family, sometimes it is hard to disappoint people so you keep doing things you don't really want to! (Or I do,anyway!)

  5. Nancy: I could go on and on about teaching English. I didn't always charge 10 pesos. That is the fee that La Casa de La Cultura has established. When I taught at home, I would charge 25 pesos, but this was 5 or 6 years ago. Even then, people would complain about the price. Everyone wants to learn English, but they don't want to pay and they don't want to study! Very sad. I would consider teaching Spanish, but the nearest gringos are an hour or two away!

  6. Wow, homework for 4 children. That's a full time job.

  7. Glad you made your choice and are happy with it. Your kids are deff at an age where they need your in put.

  8. I know how you feel I was in the same situation last year and am struggeling with the same thoughts again. How will we survive through winter with a new baby... I should work ...on and on... I know my kids and home needs me and have to keep my faith and them in mind over the next few winter months. Its a tough decision but they are only little once.