Although I'm passionate about teaching piano, I am first a wife and mother. So that means that there are times when piano teaching takes a back burner. Last week sickness hit our house just in time for me to have to cancel my lessons on Thursday. I only teach part time anyway, so go figure that an interruption would happen right before my teaching day, right?! Murphy's Law in full swing, I say. :) But it got me thinking about some of the pros and cons of teaching from home:
1. If sickness strikes, lessons likely have to be cancelled, even if Teacher-Mom isn't sick.
2. If Daddy-Babysitter is late getting home, lessons are a bit more challenging with trying to keep 2 toddlers calm and quiet.....but then if they're TOO quiet Mom-Teacher starts to worry and is distracted from teaching. (This has actually only happened to me once)
3. Babysitter-Daddy has to be creative in keeping children semi-calm or take them outside for several hours.
4. The home studio may feel less professional to some students (mainly adults).
5. You have to carry a tenants package with your insurance company. (We probably wouldn't otherwise)
1. You can set your own hours (love this!) :)
2. Babysitting services are right under your own roof- you married him! (love this too)
3. You can set your own wages.
4. You can still be a stay at home Mom while living your dream.
5. You don't have to share your studio space, instrument, and teaching aids with other teachers/students.
6. The teaching relationship is more individual (instead of getting the feeling that they are just another student, as happens sometimes with university and conservatory teachers).
7. You can choose your own vacation time(s).
Those are the main ones on my mind. I see the pros a lot more than the cons, and I am so thankful for the privilege to work from home and not have to leave my children or have a ridiculous shift to work. I've served my time with jobs like that, but there's nothing better than getting paid to do what you love. Sure, there are challenges, but what a rewarding "job" we have, teachers!
Teacher-Moms (or Mom-Teachers depending on the moment!), what are the pros and cons in your life when it comes to teaching from home?