But I am due in January so for now it will have to wait. Maybe next summer.
In addition to working a few hours a week, I also take a weekly yoga class and try to go on a weekly date with dh. I know this sounds cliche, but I am a better mama now that I have some time away each week. I have even been getting more housework and cooking done when I am home because I feel so refreshed.
Married 6/16/01 ~ WOHM to DS1 4/29/06 and DS2 2/13/08 ~ ALMOST an RVT ~
The problem is that I would have been facing an hour-long commute each way, along with a 13 dollar train ticket. Plus I would want to be there early for prep time. For only two hours of work (and pay), I felt five hours of our family time was too much to offer, so I declined. DH was even willing to take the kids for that time (despite also feeling that the gains were not worth the costs), but left the decision up to me.
Not sure if I made the right decision, but because of this, DH has suggested that he takes the kids for a couple of hours on Saturdays so I can have some personal time. I will also be looking into other job possibilities, perhaps tutoring.
So yes, I can absolutely understand how a part time job would seem like a break, and I could see myself going down that road.
It definitely has helped my sanity to get some adult interaction and time away from children crawling all over me.
Wife to James , Mama to Sara and Robbie
398/2013, 2/200, 4/52
On the flip side I could do w/o the drama. When a group of women are together drama inevitably ensues and sometimes adds stress that I wish I didn't have to deal with.
Carrie SAHM to Nora Caitlyn ('08) and Finnley Dax ('11) homebirthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, intactivist, doula mama!
DS (6.06), DD (10.08), DD (05.11).
Right now I work 8 hours a week-- two four-hour evenings. It's great. I get some time to get out and be something other than "mom," doing work I love, and I get the tiny bit of extra $$$ for fun stuff. It's not much, but it's something. Plus, it's been really good for DH and the kids to have those two evenings together, just them-- it's made DH a more confident Daddy I think, and strengthened their relationship with him.
I was lucky to find work that I can do just for those few hours, and with supervisors that are so flexible with my other priorities.
Jessica married to the love of my life
Momma to: Levi (09/06), Junior (09/05) , Teagann (11/10) and two furbabies Nugget and Boo TTC our next bundle of love
yes!! our little one is almost 2 and in the past 5 or 6 months I have started teaching yoga again part time and am also working on some yoga therapy training. I've loved having some time. I will say that I am struggling with still finding time for ME. I thought working part time would be it. And it is a much needed break on the days I work, but I'm finding I still long for alone time.....when I leave to work, that's not alone time for me. As much as I love my daughter, and my work, I'm still finding a way to balance time for myself as well.
I have just started having these urges the last year or so. I thought I would never take on another job, but now I think I might. Something low pressure where I can get a employee discount.
It's just so darn loud around here! And with homeschooling they are here a lot! I am starting to really see the benefit of taking on a small job.
Michelle , 20+ years with a wonderful DH
Mama to two boys, 12 and 10
I have a part time job. I work in liquor promotions. Basically I work either friday or saturday night, sometimes both for a 3-4 hour shift. I hand out free liquor samples..some of the jobs are more invo lved, like mixing drinks at a bar, but it's really fun and I get strictly adult interaction, and alone time in the car driving for at least 4 hours a week :) The only problem is that DH is super messy by nature, so by the time I get home, there's lots to clean up..but we're working on that one! Anyway, it's worth it. I am home with DS all day, sometimes from the crack of dawn until after bedtime because DH works long hours, so it's nice to get that little break!
DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)
Since dd started school 5 years ago I've been working part-time (only 10 - 15 hours a week) at a public library. I used to be a software programmer/analyst so this is very different than my 13 year career before getting married and having a baby. I get to be around books all day, get paid to do something I enjoy... plus I'm home for dd when she's there. Doesn't get much better than that. It really does make a difference.
Yes! But this:
Would love a part time job, 8-10 hours a week so hard to find that pays worthy. I come from corporate background and all those jobs are only available full time status. I know this sounds snobby but I just can't get myself to work for minimum wage and to do certain jobs. Now that I have been "out" for a long while, corporate background/education mean nothing, that's all I see out there.
When I was working I was earning $50 - 60 Aus an hour and obviously I think my time is worth more to my kidlets than that so it's kinda hard to justify around $20 yk?
I make about $22-$33/hr, and it's really just for extra cash as a buffer when DH has a bad week(he's 100% commission) Sometimes it's truly extra, and sometimes it's absolutely needed. I worked full time from age 18 until having DS at 25, so it was all I knew. It's nice to get back into the work environment. I can justify $22-$33, but not much less than that. I left a job (actually lost my job, due to economy) only making $13/hr, but I was a jewelry production manager, and absolutely loved it. It was a ton of fun, but I worked 20 hours a week and was gone from the house closer to 35 with driving, dropping off the kiddo, and spending close to 250/mo in gas. It hardly seemed worth it looking back, but I really loved the job and knew I had the potential down the road to be apart of profit-sharing, and maybe even launch my own business, so I stuck with it. Once I got let go though, it was hard finding another job that justified the hours and little pay.
DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)
Yes, and I did several years ago when I only had one dd! I worked part-time for a little over a year (before we moved and I got pg with dd2) but it was WONDERFUL! I'm so glad I was able to do it and, luckily, I've never felt the need for a job "break" from dd2 since she's so easy peasy.
Easy peasy? What's that like? Lol.
WAHSM to Ani (7) and Juddah (18mo.)
Absolutely, and I am actively looking. As many benefits as there are to being a sahm, there are total drawbacks. The biggie for me is feeling like I'm not contributing to my family financially. About 20 hrs a week would fit us nicely, even if after childcare I only cleared 200 a month. I need to get out of here sometimes, and god knows it wouldn't hurt guy smiley to have a little away from mom time.
I got a PT job (about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours a day) at my son's school as a recess monitor. It pays a little more then min wage! It gives me something to do outside the house and still leave us with a little extra cash!