I needed to take a break from teaching? Would it be career suicide? I had sort of an ephinany this morning. I realized that my new job at my great new school was effecting my kids negativiely. I was working at a school with a toxic environment but was getting home before my kids. Now I have to work until 4, and my kids beat me home (no they don't go to school where I work). Then if I have to run errands afterschool it's even later when I get home. They are old enough to stay home (IMO) but I don't like it and their school work is suffering because they won't do their homework or studying and often tell me they don't have any. I feel like if I was home before them, that I would do a better job of catching this and making sure they stay up on their studies. I have to have a job, but I feel like I need to be there for my kids more than I need to teach. Maybe when they grow up I could go back? But what else can I do? Bottom line is my kids need me and I feel like I am letting them down. Any suggestions?