Hello – My name is Helena and, along with my husband, we own Smiths School in Nakamozu. I wanted to share my experience of living in Japan and in particular being a mum. If there are any Smith’s teachers out there thinking of starting a family I hope this will help!
When we first moved to Japan we never expected to have kids out here – the plan was to get into the system and build, build, build! A year into our adventure though we found out that baby one was on his way and all plans changed!! We’ve been incredibly lucky in our life out here in terms of bringing up our (now two) kids. Japan is safe and the facilities as well as the amount of fun things to do with kids is incredible! We have managed to work our schedule around our lives so that we have combined a good income from our English school franchise with maximum family time. As a mum I’ve been able not to stress about leaving my kids at daycare and going back to work ~ at first my husband took over all the teaching hours and after a few months I gradually got back to work whilst my husband got to spend time with our kids too. We now take turns teaching whilst the other parent stays with the kids – a great way to get the best of both worlds!
I would really love to hear from any other mums within the system – current or future! Maybe we can get together for a picnic in the park and let the kids run wild!