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My almost 9 year old was diagnosed last year with ADD and I suspect that both my mom and I struggle with symptoms. My personal coping mechanism is LISTS, LISTS, LISTS!!! Ugh - I am quite the task master and very easily distracted. I never considered that I had ADD until just recently when our ped was talking to my son. Interesting...
If it is a job that is hard to get and the pay and benefits were worthwhile, I might just take it. A State job means alot of red-tape and they may not have much flexibility on certain things. But I think they probably could let you take unpaid leave for your vacation. Good luck!
I don't have a MPP or MPA, but I worked with lots of them. I worked as a federal grants manager and a Master's in Public Policy or Public Administration is useful in getting a government job, but not necessary. I will add that I worked on a Masters in Urban Planning and I didn't continue because it seemed unnecessary to continue in my current career. Experience was more important than the degree. Right now I am playing with the idea of returning to my federal career...
I have not done it, but some of our best friends did this for several years. It worked out well for a few years but then no longer worked schedules changed. The kids became like cousins! Good luck. Kathleen
I would downplay my parenting skills and boast about your work related skills. Being out of the paid workforce for a few years is not really that big a deal - and you should not make a big deal about it. If it comes up, reassure the interviewer that your skills are sharp and you could quickly acclimate into their environment. My advice is to be confident and enthusiastic. Tell the interview that you are eager to do this position and that you are capable of stepping...
These are all great! I especially agree about the balance of authority in the household and the more equitable distribution of household tasks. Working part time means that I do ALOT more cleaning and laundry. Here is a recent anecdote - I got a Mothers Day card from my daughter and it had a little thing that listed things like "my mom loves to make me pancakes", "my mom and I have fun together" and "my mom's favorite thing to do is.... LAUNDRY". Yep, I guess that is...
Good luck and have fun! I took my nursing toddler with me on several business trips (about 7 years ago) and I still have fond memories of those trips.
"the feeling that I don't have to be the "best" part timer to prove that PT works or the "best" mom given that I 'only' work PT" YES!!!!! This is exactly the pressure that I feel while I am working part time!
I am considering returning to work full-time. I piece together part-time work now (about 25-30 hours a week) and I may have the opportunity to return to my pre-kids career. The job is doing grants management for a federal agency; I worked there for 11 years and I have been away for the past 6 years. I know that going back to work full time would be challenging - for me, for my husband and for the kids. My kids are almost 5 and 9 and will both be in full-day school...
Hugs to you! I just want to remind you that Chicago is an expensive place to live. And maybe your calling is to be a great parent, a loving spouse, a wonderful friend and a kind, compassionate person. Sometimes work is just work - it provides funds and security and the means to pursue the joys in life outside of work. Maybe just having work be "work" is okay. Your job does not define who you are. Good luck as you struggle with these work/life balance...
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