Okay, so I am thinking about training to teach Primary - I am 43 and would be starting a three year degree course. I have considered teaching primary several times over 20 years or so, and I already have a tough job, have my own kids and have spent many years doing voluntary youthwork so I know what hard work is and how difficult working with children can be so this is not some romantic notion - I am a realist. However, even today when I went to talk to the course tutors at the uni - plus a couple of students.... they kept saying how difficult the job was and how stressed everyone is. This is not really encouraging. As someone who wants to maintain a work/life balance and spend some time with my own kids and wife - plus doing my hobbies - I am becoming convinced that this would be a bad move. Today I was told by one of the teachers that every teacher they know is exhausted. Also, that I will be working nearly every evening and weekend (often til extremely late). I cannot find one person who seems genuinely happy or not exhausted. Is this what teaching is always like in your experience?