So I’ve been in the nursery at church for over a year now. But I’m feeling burned out. The kids are great, my fellow teachers are cool, we do our best to follow the manual and keep routines. We try to rotate so that one of us can go to Sunday School or Relief Society. Since I was a Sunscream, er, Sunbeam teacher in Little Rock, it’s been all Primary, all the time, since moving back to the U.S.
I did mention this to the bishop during my tithing settlement and he assured me that change was afoot. Trouble is, there aren’t too many callings that could accommodate long absences due to travel. (Typical deployment for my job is six to eight weeks.) So we’ll see what eventually transpires.
What I appreciate most about the nursery though is the brief glimpse of parenthood every Sunday. I love spending the time with kids and the thrill that comes when one of them recognizes and turns to me for comfort and reassurance. I just need adult conversation too.
Nursery is tough. There is an official recommendation that people serve for only 9 months-1 year at a time for this very reason--you are cut off from the rest of the ward.
Try haggling for RS teacher. It is a once a month calling, so even when you travel, it wouldn't be too hard to find a sub or two. Or offer yourself as a permanent substitute--on the weeks you are around, you could sub in SS, youth SS, RS, or Primary. Or look for an on-line calling, like doing the RS e-mails/newsletter, or something. I LOVE making up callings for myself.