After much deliberation with my husband, friends and myself, I've decided that I'm going to have to quit my teaching job. My mom was watching my 5 month old, but things are just not working out. It's causing more stress than I need right now. Plus, I found out that on Election Day (my day off), she interviewed for a job and got it. She keeps telling me she will honor her word and watch my little one until June, but I know she wants out and would rather be working in her field. My husband and I decided that day care is just not an option for us - it's not something we want for our baby. I tried going part-time, but HR won't approve it (even though my principal was totally on board). So after weighing the pros and cons, I've decided that I'll quit and stay home and watch my baby. It's just really hard because while I'm excited to stay home and spend more time raising my little guy, I LOVE teaching. I love the school I'm at and the kids and it's going to be hard to give all that up for a while. I'm also nervous that I will have a hard time finding a job when I decide it's time to go back. I haven't told my boss yet, even though he knew this might be coming. I've never really had to quit a job I really and truly cared about. I know it's customary to give two weeks when quitting, but I am willing to finish out the semester (which ends the second week in January) to make for an easier transition for everyone involved. My family and non-teacher friends are very supportive and understanding. My teacher friends, however, think I'm committing career suicide by quitting. While that may be, I have a little one that I have to think about now - it's not all about me and my career anymore. If anyone has any input or advice on how to handle quitting mid-year, I would appreciate it. I don't want to burn any bridges. Like I said, I really love it there and HOPE that one day in the future, I will have the opportunity to work there again.