From Stay-At-Home Mom to Full-Time Educator: How My Wife Made It Work

For the first two years of our little girl’s life, Marissa, my amazing wife, was able to finish school online while staying at home. We had a great routine, plenty of time together, and best of all mommy had tons of time with Emma Kay. But, change is inevitable . . . and soon Marissa graduated from college and before we knew it interviews were scheduled and right over the horizon we could see how things were about to change.

Marissa knew that she wanted to teach . . . she had spent several years working her tail off to get to this point . . . but when her career was in sight . . . well, she was hesitant. Why? Because she loved being a stay-at-home mom . . . and rightly so, she is an amazing mother.

The interviews were eventually completed, and then came the big day when Marissa was hired at a fantastic elementary school! At this point we should have simply been thrilled . . . don’t get me wrong . . . we were happy and considered this job to be a blessing . . . but we also knew that with this change mommy and Emma would have less time together.

What I love about how Marissa handled this is that even in her hurt having to deal with this transition she decided to make the best of it. She works hard every day in her classroom, but when she comes home she simply gives her self to me and to her little girl. Please understand, this doesn’t happen by accident . . . Marissa intentionally gives Emma and I all of herself so that the quality of our time together is next level. You see, Marissa knows that it’s not necessarily about the amount of time you spend with your child (even though that is important) but it’s more about the quality. She does such an amazing job making sure that Emma and I get her best when she gets home . . .

Are there times when Marissa misses being at home with Emma all day . . . sure. But she has learned to manage those emotions by giving 100% in her classroom and then coming home and giving her family 110% . . . Emma and I never feel like we are getting the leftovers of Marissa’s time and attention. We get the best of Marissa . . . that’s why she is the best wife and mother in the world.

About Adam Bayne

I'm the Children's Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, a heavyweight Disney nerd, a lightweight sports fan, and an all-out fan of my wife and two daughters.
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