I am totally burnt out being in the attendance office. I posted earlier about my new boss being a hard *ss and wanting us to make more phone calls. We made a bunch of calls on Thursday to a bunch of parents with kids with attendance issues. Now it's only Monday and I was given another huge list of more parents to call this morning. So now it's turning out to be even more than once a week that I have to make these dreaded phone calls. This morning my list was huge. 47 kids. I spent nearly three hours non stop on the phone. Left a bunch of messages. Talked to some parents. Some were nice, others were not so nice. I will be getting lots of return phone calls tomorrow I'm sure, so I will have another stressful day on the phone. I just joined a social anxiety group on facebook last week. I posted my first question wondering how many other people out there absolutely freak out being on the phone. i was stunned at how many responses I got. I had about fifty people respond and tell me their phone anxiety was crippling. I got a lot of empathy from a bunch of people. In one way it's good to know I'm not alone. Another part of me is sad that so many others are suffering like I do. One girl called me brave for being in the line of work I'm in with having huge anxiety issues. She's right, I am pretty brave, but knowing that is not helping my stress level much. I am starting to hate a job I used to love. When I was enrolling easy child at his new school last week, the registrar asked me what position I held at the high school. When I told her I work in attendance, she smiled and said something along the lines of, "Well how fun. i bet you love your job." Three years ago I would have said yes. Now not so much. i wish I was doing anything but attendance. I am sick of high school students. I can't even motivate my own kid to go to school. How in the heck am I supposed to help other difficult children who resent having to be here? What am I supposed to tell their parents when I don't even know the answer myself? I am sick of setting up meetings with these parents and kids with the principals and having the kids still refuse to go to school. They promise to do better. They promise to go to class. But they don't. Consequences don't mean anything to them. I wish to God I had found a job at an elementary school where attendance isn't much of an issue. I am sick of high school. I am keeping my eyes and ears open for any new positions that may become available in the near future. Unfortunately open positions at the school are few and far between. The schools offer good benefits and pretty decent pay, and most people stay here until they retire. I am hoping and praying another position becomes available soon. I really hate coming to work every day and it sucks, to put it mildly. I love working for the school district, but I hate my job position. Lord help me.