I knew it would be hard work going back after my second child but lately it just feels like the demans being made of me go from heavy to excessive. I know teaching has always been hard work but sometimes I think it's just all getting too much. I work 2 days a week as a secondary MFL teacher. I had estimated that this would require two days in school and another day of work at home. Now it's more like four or five days. Some details. We have had two book inspections already this term, with written reports submitted to management. All books must be marked as follows; mark for literacy, mark for content. Write about what level it is and why. Write about what they could do to reach the next level. This must be in sentences. Stamp the work with some/good/outstanding progress and say in what respect. Failure to underline headings must be corrected. A comment must be given in French or Spanish Drop ins are done at least half termly in addition to performance management. Is this average? Do you all do this? One set of brooks takes two to three hours to do to the required standard. I have no family to help with child are and so have to do the work once the kids are asleep. Last Friday I paid a friend to look after the baby just to get it all done. Yesterday, a beautiful day, my husband spent most of the day in the park with the kids so I could work. Today he's taking them to the supermarket. So, normal or excessive? I usually arrive at work by seven thirty, last week it was by seven. A colleague with two kids gets up at four thirty three days a week to work. A colleague with no kids says she feels like crying when she thinks about how much she has to do every week.