Surviving Qkids With Kids
Hi guys! I'm Ms. Karlie! I've been teaching with Qkids for the past 3 years! I have met so many awesome students and I can't wait to meet more. In my time away from Qkids, I spend my days hanging out with my kids and cats. Here's how I survive Qkids with kids.
When I first started teaching with Qkids, it was back in 2017. I had just recently graduated college and I was searching for a teaching position. Out of nowhere, an online teaching position shows up in my search. I had an eight-year-old and twin two-year-olds at the time. I thought this was too good to be true, but I decided to look into it. I wound up getting the job some odd days later and was thrilled to begin! I told Qkids I could teach every day, four classes a day, and also two classes on Friday and Saturday nights.
So, now it was time to actually teach. Wow! That first week was rough! I can't tell you how many times I fell asleep at my desk in between classes. I'm pretty sure I even missed one because of it. I also needed to cancel classes last minute because one of my two-year-old came in crying and she only wanted mom at the time.
Things eventually got better. I figured out a system, (only teach when my kids were asleep or when dad was there to help). It worked great! I did have to scale back the number of classes I taught, but it was worth it. My classes were going smoothly and there were no more meltdowns.
Now, fast forward to 2019. It's been two years that I've been teaching with Qkids! I was able to open my schedule back up to about 30-32 classes a week. It was awesome!! I was making money from home, raising my twins and ten-year-old, and dad was making money at work and helping with the family.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, it happened! We were pregnant, again. It was a definite surprise. As the weeks progressed, I kept teaching as usual. In between classes, I was searching for baby names and for a new house! I did start to get really bad morning sickness. I found myself requesting classes off simply because I couldn't make it out of the bathroom. Qkids was very understanding and eventually, the morning sickness faded. I had other pregnancy issues too. My back is the one I remember most. Man was it a pain! I also found myself breathing so heavily while teaching. I thought the camera was going to fog up. I wound up teaching until the last week or two before I gave birth and then I told Qkids that I would need time away before I had my boys. Yes, we were blessed with two sets of twins.
I took about a month off before I returned to teaching. I let Qkids know that I was ready and able to teach again, but maybe with a lighter schedule. I teach roughly 20 or so classes a week now. My husband takes the baby boys to the living room after my alarm goes off in the morning. I help change them and get them bottles before I start teaching. After they eat, my husband lets them play in their jumperoo's while he makes breakfast for our older kids and helps get them ready for the day. We are pretty exhausted but we make it work! I love Qkids and the journey that I've had with them this far. I can't wait to see where else it takes me!
|Teacher Karlie and her beautiful family|