I posted something similar a few months back regarding becoming a SAHM. I really need to make a decision soon, so I have a few more questions for those of you who have spent time away from teaching to stay home with your child(ren). My biggest concern is that I will lose a big part of myself if I stay home. I'm the crazy teacher who works every Sunday, stays at school until 8:00 sometimes, volunteers for everything, and spends thousands of dollars of her own money on her classroom. I love my job. I love being a teacher. My husband is always telling me that I need to find a hobby, and I tell him that teaching is my hobby. It's been my life for the past 7 years, and I've loved almost every minute of it. With that being said, the past few years I've felt more and more pressure from administration, which is really stressful. My district is in a suburban area and is very competitive. My principal's motto is "good enough never is," and she's actually told us that she expects us to get on our computers and work at 9:00 at night when our kids go to bed. Before my pregnancy, I had gained 20 pounds in the past 2 years, due to stress. I never feel like I'm doing a good job, which is frustrating, because I invest so much of myself into what I do. But my team is changing a lot for next year, and my new teammates are awesome teachers, and I know that we would do a great job of supporting one-another. When I went to visit my students about a month ago, I didn't feel like I missed being at school at all. I almost felt weird going back...Like I didn't belong anymore. But now that I've been gone a little longer (9 weeks), I feel like I'm really starting to miss my job. Another concern I have is that my only friends in the area are my work friends. I live about an hour from where I grew up, and I don't know many people in the area. I worry that if I don't work, I won't have a social life. Sure, I could spend time with my work friends, but we wouldn't have much in common anymore. The thought of packing up my classroom at the end of the year both excites me and saddens me. I worry that if I leave my job I won't be able to find another one down the road when I go back to work, since it's such a competitive market. But I can't imagine working such a demanding, stressful job while raising my DD (and we would like to try for #2 in a year). During my whole pregnancy I was planning on going back, and then when she was born I was dead-set on staying home. Now I'm getting the urge to go back to work again. (Part of me thinks that I'm just forgetting how stressful it really is!) If you are/were a SAHM, did you miss teaching a lot, or did you get over it? Was it difficult to get back into teaching after being gone? Did you feel out of the loop, or was it easy to pick up where you left off? If you only had "work friends" before, did you have a social life when you were staying home? Did you feel lonely? Thanks for any insight you can share!