I decided a couple months ago that I want to take next year off from teaching to stay home with my daughter. She is 14 months now and it kills me to leave her every morning. I feel like I'm missing out on so much! Money would be tight but we could swing it, and my principal said there will be a job waiting for me whenever I want to come back to work. But as contract time is approaching, I'm feeling sadder and sadder about leaving my job. I have been teaching 10 years and I LOVE IT! Plus I love my colleagues and am afraid I'll feel left out of the "teaching community" here. So torn. I keep telling myself, I have many more years to teach, but my baby will only be a baby once. But it's still hard. I didn't realize before I had my baby how hard this would be. :-( Can anyone sympathize?