I am now the parent of an almost two-month-old, and I will be returning to work in August to my job as a full-time elementary school teacher. What are some helpful tips that have helped you to be a great teacher and parent without looking your mind? :lol: Some helpful background info. about me: I must return and work full time due to financial reasons. I am a perfectionist as far as organization goes. I must have some organization or I will really stress out. I have a 40 minute commute. My mother in law will care for baby and has offered to clean my house on occasion. :wub: My big concern is that I never can finish grading and lesson planning at school, no matter how much I try. I have a 40 minute planning period, but that is also my restroom break and I usually have a meeting to attend. I either stay until 5 or 6 at school to ensure I have my lessons ready and papers graded....or I take it home and stay up late. I always spend Sunday doing these things regardless. My principal requires extremely detailed lesson plans. I don't grade every assignment. I DON'T want to spend as much time as I do on lesson planning and grading as I do now. I hate doing this at home and on weekends.