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#1 of 35 Old 03-21-2003, 02:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone.
I don't know how to post a poll or I would.:
I'm wondering how many hours all the working mamas work a week. I do 28 but that is seeming to be too much for me still. Hoping to maybe do 25 after my boss fills my position. He wouldn't let me continue to be the Creative Director at our agency as a part-timer so I had to take a demotion as well (he really never thought I would accept that... shouldn't have underestimated the power of motherhood.) I can't go much lower than 25 hours though financially.
Sooo... how many hours do you all work?
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I work 24hours....2-12hour shifts. weekends only, so dad can be home.
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For the first year after each dd was born I worked 30 hours per week; 5 six hour days. I currently work 35 hours per week; 5 seven hour days. Now I would like to work just 4 days a week - either 30 or 32 hours a week. Might be able to make the change this summer. Ideally, I would only work 2-3 days per week but that isn't realistic right now.

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I currently work 45 hours per week. I feels like a lot, and I guess it is, but it is definitely less than anyone else in my office, so there's a lot of pressure to work more hours. I work five days a week and I've really been resisting the pressure to work weekends.
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I work 25-35 hours a week (varies a lot), and often put in time on more relaxed projects after my guys go to sleep.

I worked from home when my kids were younger, for more like 20 hours a week. When our new baby is born in October I'll be working from home again.
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It varies from week to week for me. The last few weeks have been about 45 - 50, but typically it's about 35 - 40. That's how many hours I am away from DS, and hours that I count being "at work". I use some of that time to go to the grocery, run errands, etc.

If I don't fall asleep nursing, I get a bit of work in at home once DS goes to bed.
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25 a week, but at 40 hour pay (I'm salary) and from home. I love my boss.
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I work 25 hours a week. I have it carefully mapped out timewise to get my hours in while minimizing his time not with me or my husband. My son, who is 27 months old, is with a sitter/nanny who comes to our house 3 mornings a week for 3.25 hours. I go in early and he's with my husband til the sitter comes. Then I come home at noon, and when he naps I do another 2 hours. Fridays are our "off day" but also my buffer day. So if he didn't nap on schedule, I fill in a few hours then.

I'd be happier with 20 hours a week...
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i work around 36 hours a week - 4 eight hour days and 1 6 hour. i'm going to be dropping down in a couple of weeks to 34 hours - 2 6 hour days rather than one. after my maternity leave, i'll just be working a couple days a week to get back into full time mode. i'd live to work less permanently, but it isn't financially possible.
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Around 40 hours a week. Maybe a couple more. It doesn't really feel like a lot, though. My son is with me for about 4 of those hours and with dh for 8 of those hours.
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I actually work between 40 and 45 hours a week, depending on what's going on that week.

(So much for teachers having shorter hours -- my contract requires 40 hours a week; 7-3 every day.)

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40-50 hours. I try my best to keep it at 40, but there are times when my employer requires me to work more. This week I had to work a little over 50 hrs, which is okay because I earned at least 10 hours of comp time. So it works out for the best.
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Ugh- I work 40-50 per week. "They" would have me work more but I pretty much refuse to work weekends. It is supposed to be a M-F 9-5 job but you know how that goes!!

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Most weeks its 40 hours.........
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I work 7:15-2:45 M-F. I also "work" at home with grading, planning, etc. about 1-2 hours a day when you consider the weekends, too. Never enough time.

I am hoping to cut down to half-time (either a job share for half the week or teach one class of Kindergarten daily) by the Fall of '04--when hopefully are 2nd baby will be around.
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Yeah. Teachers seem to have some of the busiest schedules around. How contrary to what most people think of our jobs and their being so conducive to child-raising!
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40-50 hours per week, depending on what's going on. Most of those are from home, however, so I can't complain. They're going to really ratchet up in May, though, when I'll be teaching my first clinical class (health law).
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Another teacher here!
I share a contract with another teacher and this year I am only 40%, which is 2 days a week. I LOVE LOVE LOVE being with ds for 5 days in a row and I am so enjoying this year because I know it can't last. We can't afford it and it's been way stressful, so next year I'll likely be 5 days a week, but only 3.4 hours per day--which is 60%. Of course there is the planning time, etc, and my district actually requires us to put in 20-40 hours/year of extra duty!
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20-30 hours per week, and at least 12-15 of that is at the office. I am supposed to be closer to 30 per week, but we are still working out the kinks with my connection to the company server. About half of my work is database-dependent, and the other half is the part I like--the creative stuff.

I'm still having a really hard time working at home, though--dh does not seem to "get it" most of the time. He comes home very tired and just doesn't do much to make it so I can do my work. We have a long way to go before this experiment is a success...open to suggestions, btw.
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Also a teacher. 40 hours per week, except during summer, which will be here soon!!
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The thing I don't think most people understand, is that at 40 hours--7.5 there and more at home--I am still spending tons less in my room afterschool than I used to. (AND feeling intensely guilty about it too......) I used to stay 10 hours--and still not feel that everything was done. Since I had dd, I leave right when I can 4/5 of the time.....and have given up the perfect teacher thing. It sucks. I really want to be that person--but you CAN'T and be a good parent. Teaching requires much more time to be like they show in the movies....it is so unrealistic to think you can leave and be done after 7.5 hours!....ok, back to your regularly scheduled post....just had to get that guilt off my chest.
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I work 40-45 hours per week plus a 40-minute commute each way. Funny thing is that after leaving private practice (I'm now an attorney with Legal Aid), it feels like an easier schedule. Of course, it is way too much time away from DD. I wish I could be a SAHM or at least work PT but bc of student loans, I can't.
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Hi! I currently work between 30-35 hours. Technically, my job is a 40 hour a week job, but I have been cutting the time short for approx the last year. When its very busy, then it is a 40 hour week. Now that dd is bigger, however, I REALLY want to be with her more, so I'm looking into part-time options. Hopefully, I'll only be working about 20-25 hours part time. We'll see.......

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I hear ya Shannon.
Before I had ds, I could spend as much time prepping as I did teaching, so, let's see, 7.5 x 2 and that makes my hourly rate, what?!?
Fortunately, I've had an easy time leaving at 3:30 these past two years. Nothing seems to keep me from ds!
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I worked 44 hours in 2 weeks last pay check-I work Saturday & Sunday-about 10 -11 hours a day-
My mom is next door & watches my dd-the boys are old enough to stay home -
I have worked weekends only (8 hour shifts for 12 years--10-11 hour shifts for 1 year)==13 years !!!

I was getting time & 1/2 even for the 8 hour shifts!Long time employee I was for them.

Now I can work a few hours at home for extra $ so I can pay off
those credit cards !!!!

Does anyone feel parttime is the best of both worlds OR like you can not be a good enough mom when home-& not a good enough worker-YKWIM?

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I can feel the potential for the "best of both worlds" scenario--I already like being back in the place where I make a little $$. Even though it's not nearly what I used to make, I feel like I'm a little more in control of finances. I also like the external feedback--pats on the back, lunch with the boss, etc--that my $$ job gives me. I just having a hard time "giving up" some of my standards for the house and our food, and I am having to reach waaay down inside me to find the energy for it.
So, for now, I feel some guilt--although, honestly, while I love being with ds more than anyone, I have found he has learned a lot (good stuff too) being around a house full of little kids (my sister keeps him ~20hrs/week, and she has 4 of her own and plently of play dates). And I do feel less burned out about being Momma.
So, I do feel like this is the best set-up for us, but I feel as though I have yet to succeed in realizing our potential.
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I think it depends on the day. But that's because I have a job that feeds my soul for the most part instead of one that sucks it dry. I'm a creative director/graphic designer and I get really happy when I am successfully creative. So if I had to give it up I think I would lose something... ALTHOUGH I could paint more if I didn't have to work And that is really my dream...to be a successful artist.
But dd feeds my soul also. So I'm distressed to have to leave her.
On a good day I do something great at work, I pick up dd and I'm a better mother because of it. On a bad day I bring the stress from work home and maybe have less patience or am distracted as a mother.
Okay... I guess there are a lot of scenarios... maybe I have a bad day at work but dd is in a happy mood when I get her afterwards and she brings the sunshine back into my day... ??
Ideally I'm more creative because of my time with dd and a better mother because of my time creating. Of course it depends on the day... and I think I said that right in the beginning. Sorry to torture anyone who bothered to read this with such loose association.
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Artgirl - I'm a product designer. I gave up my not bad paying, highly stressful 'real' job as an in-house designer and now work from home. I find the work more creative (less admin stuff) and so much less stressful. My ds is still with a babysitter 40 hrs a week but I don't have to rush to get him there in the morning and I actually have time to make dinner in the evening. I probably work about 30 hrs a week although this week I just can't seem to accomplish anything. Anyway, seeing as you're a designer and freelancing is so common in our field, couldn't you work from home? An obvious suggestion but I just thought I'd throw it out there.
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i will be working about 25 hours a week (i start in 2 weeks). it's amazing how much inner conflict i still have about working. on some days i think it will be good for me to get out of the house, interact with other people, and also good for ds (12 months) to interact with other kids and spend some alone time with Daddy (dh will watch him part of the time that i'm at work, and he will go to a sitter with 2 children of her own for about 3 hours/day, once or twice a week). then there are other days that ds is being soooo cute and i think he's only young once.....those are the times i wish we could afford for me to be a sahm. we are working towards being in a better situation for when baby #2 comes along (maybe 1-2years). until then, i will try to see the benefits (for me and ds) of working part-time and be secretly envious of all those moms who can afford to stay home!
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Right now I'm on maternity leave (so that means working 24/7 LOL), but during my normal work week I am at school from 7am-2:45--my regular contract is 40 hours but I also direct the fall and spring plays. So 12 weeks out of the school year I am there until at least five o'clock. Except for the actual performances--then I don't get home until after 10pm.

Don't even get me started on grading, creating curriculum, special education meetings and paperwork.

Ug. Do I have to go back???

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