I'll be teaching FT in the fall, and DH will be starting a PhD program in a research science (few courses, mostly research). When the roles were reversed, and I was the PhD student and he worked FT, I utilized DC 2x/week and managed my TA and course load, but got no research done, then had to utilize DC 5 days/week.
Child care options near my work are extremely limited - no DC facilities, only 2 DCPs I can find & because DH is going back to school, finances are very tough. I am seriously considering asking DH if he would be open to child care sharing - watching the kids 3 days a week, and I watch them 2 days a week. But I wonder if this will just totally stress us out and make our work sub-par. I am not the type to be able to stay up til 2 am doing work when the kids are sleeping, but he is. I value our family time, and really don't want to give it up.
Can anyone who shares child care with their partner share their stories/opinions? TIA!
~ Professor Mama to Gabito (July '07) & Danita (April '10) ~
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