Every weekend I seem to be going over and over the same thoughts. Should I continue teaching? My circumstances are pretty unique i would imagine. I actually enjoy teaching, I like the school I work at, I like the kids (although it is a very challenging inner city school), the kids seem to like me, the management have give me very positive feedback and I seem to fit into the role really well. So, what's the problem? Well in a nutshell it's my home circumstances. I am a single Dad of 2 girls (one of which has cerebral palsy) and I am finding it nearly impossible to get any time with them. The girls have been through a really tough time since their Mother died and I have worked very hard looking after them and went back to Uni to train as a teacher, to create a better life for them. But I'm not sure it's working out that way. I always said to myself I wouldn't ever work myself stupid to the point where the kids lose out. But, I can't help but think that is exactly what I am doing right now. I am always busy and knackered and seem to be so run down. I'm very reluctantly thinking of doing something else in order to spend more time with my kids and see them grow (while I can). I do have other strings to my bow and could apply for other jobs. I really don't know what to do. I'm not sure if I could sustain being a teacher for too much longer. I don't know if I am thinking about this more because I'm rapidly approaching 40 next month, but it really is doing my head in. Sorry for the doom and gloom rant, but I'm really confused what I should do. I haven't told anyone about this at school. The trouble with me sometimes is I can be really stubborn and don't like admitting I can't really cope with what I'm doing. If I did pack in would I have to see out my time until Easter or finsh the full year? The way I feel just now I don't really want to go back on Monday. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.