From The Guardian’s ‘Dear Jeremy’ problem page. I’m torn between doing more enjoyable projects outside education and family responsibilities – what should I do?
After 30 years in the teaching profession I am finding the job (and the ever-increasing workload and responsibility) beginning to affect my family life, health and general wellbeing.
I have a son at university and a daughter in secondary school, and the plan was to go on until 62 (three years’ time). An opportunity has arisen to work on a number of projects outside education and I know I would enjoy these despite the poor remuneration.
However, my wife wants me to continue teaching and, after I retire, to do teaching supply or agency work.
I feel torn between my financial responsibilities to my family and the need to get involved in something that doesn’t occupy all my waking moments (including the sleepless nights). Do you and your readers have any suggestions?
Do you feel the same way? Have you any advice? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or on Twitter ~ Tamsin
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