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Life as a Special Education Teacher and Mom, With Lena A

Life as a Special Education Teacher and Mom, With Lena Albeck
Lena holding her daughter, Brooklynn, and smiling.

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Hi there! My name is Lena. Wife to Ron, mama to Brooklynn, special education teacher, grad student, and content creator on Instagram @shes_moving_mountains. I have a LOT on my plate and although at times it is overwhelming, I take it step by step day by day. 

When it comes to being a working mom, it truly is a balance.

I am not going to lie; it is not easy, but I have learned to prioritize. You CAN pursue your career and be a great mom. As a special education teacher, there is always work to be done. I used to struggle leaving work for the day without all the items completed on my to-do list. In time, I have learned to become better at giving myself grace and telling myself that the work will still be there for me tomorrow. I love my career, but family always comes first. 

Brooklynn smiling, playing in the sand, she's wearing our Blue Floral Gauze Dress.

This past year I had to call out and use a ton of sick days. I felt so guilty. Colds, the flu, belly aches, and the big C word ran through our house. I learned that some things are out of my control. At the end of the day, the school day will go on, work will go on, and it will all be waiting for me tomorrow. 

Another thing I have really been working on this past year is making sure I have fuel in my engine.

You truly can’t pour from an empty cup. Some days I let my daughter stay after hours at school, so I have time for myself. My husband and I are a good team and communicate with each other when we need a break. Coming to terms with all these different things has really helped me to make it all flow. 

Here are a few helpful things that I do to help manage the stresses of being a working mom:

1. Make time for yourself! 

No strings attached- this time is just for YOU! I treat myself to a coffee or go to a park. Like I said above, you can’t run an engine that is empty. 

2. Stay organized

I use calendars and lists. I plan and this helps me to break down tasks into manageable chunks. 

3. Say yes to LESS 

I find myself being selective with what I take on. Different seasons of your life are more hectic, and it is OK to say no sometimes. If it causes me anxiety or stress, then it is not worth it. 

4. Be easy on yourself 

I used to have these super high expectations of myself. As a person who wears many hats, cooking every night and having a clean house is not realistic. 

Lena and Brooklynn smiling together, Brooklynn is wearing our Cherry Kisses Tank Romper.

Whether you are a working parent or stay at home, be easy on yourself.

You are enough and as long as you are doing your best, you are doing it all. So, what if you didn’t make the bed today? It is totally fine if you vacuum tomorrow. Guess what? There is always another day. You’ve got this!