Teacher Life: Why Non-Teacher Partners Are Amazing

Teaching is an amazing, inspiring and wonderful job. It delivers highs like no other profession. The knowledge that you are changing lives is exhilarating and rewarding. But, teacher life can also be stressful, thankless and soul-destroying. However, we know that the positives outweigh the negatives. And anyway, we knew what we were getting into. We chose this. This is the career we want.

Not so much, though, for our partners. Wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends… they didn’t choose teaching as a career. And yet, by default, they find themselves submerged in it. Because, if teaching takes over our lives, then it takes over the lives of those around us. Here are five reasons why those wonderful other-halves deserve a medal:

They’re used to losing large chunks of weekends to marking and planning.

They may not have to do the work themselves, but the fact that we do it means they often have to cancel plans, alter trips out and generally rearrange their lives to accommodate our unavailability.

They know there are times when only wine and chocolate will do.

Yes, you’ve committed to healthy living as a couple, but when you’ve had a hellish day of observations, meetings, and a nightmare Year Nine class, sometimes you need an indulgence. It might be chocolate or wine, or it might be binging on a Netflix box set rather than going for a run – the point is, they know when to bend the rules and help us decompress.

They’ll never have another cheap holiday. Ever.

While all your non-teacher friends brag about their latest last-minute mini-break or the fantastic deal they got on a skiing trip, you are forever tied to school holidays and the associated price hikes. Before teaching, you could afford a week in the Algarve. Now, it’s a long weekend at Butlins…teacher life ey?

They’re used to a significant portion of your income going on resources.

Sure, it’s your money and you can spend it however you like. But when you’re both saving for a new bathroom, it’s a little galling to see spare cash going on glue sticks, biros and display resources. And they don’t even get to see the benefit these resources bring to your classroom.

They get to attend a lot of school functions.

If you have children of your own, then maybe they are used to attending school events. But having to attend your partner’s school play, fete, Christmas bazaar, staff social… that’s really above and beyond. I mean, not even teachers completely love these things, and at least we know the kids involved.

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