I feel as thought my skills will be transferrable to other jobs, and I'm sure I'd find work. But I just have no desire to climb the ladder anymore.
I've no desire at all to work fulltime even though we'd have a lot more play money, I only want to be part time a few days a week for a long time. It works well for us, and luckily my partner is a really hard worker too and pretty ambitious but he'll be the first to admit he can only do the travel and late nights because I'm there to take care of the home front.
I still do think you can work on your career part time, it just takes longer and while my children are babies/young, work doesn't get a huge amount of focus.
Last edited by Clementine Grace; 18-04-2016 at 09:59.
From an European POV I found that the school system here doesn't encourage working outside of home parents.
I feel that it was all set up when all women where staying at home.
The hours are a bit ridiculous.
Maybe it would be time to review the school system hours and take into consideration that families have changed...
Just my 2cents
I like working full time and have no issues putting my son in childcare from 6 months old. (just thought I'd put that out there as I don't know many mums who feel the same way!) I have no stressful deadlines or long hours, I lost interest in climbing the ladder long before my son came along. So maybe a 'lack of ambition' isn't just to do with starting a family but wanting an easier work/life balance!
Luckily my employer lets me work (graphic design) from home 2 days a week which helps a lot with cleaning/shopping/tradesmen/pick ups/sick days. My son loves daycare and he does much more than if he was at home with me but I am a pretty boring, antisocial mummy. We are lucky to be able to afford full time CC but it is going to be a horrendous financial stretch with another baby on the way. I feel for women on lower incomes and longer hours and more difficult employers and partners! Life could easily be unbearable, I know, I worked freelance for 5 years and I would be dead from stress by now if I'd carried on working for so many unscrupulous and uncaring employers whilst going through IVF and then pregnancy.
This thread is pretty depressing but not surprising to me. This time around I am pressuring my partner to at least ASK if he can work from home one day a week to take the pressure off my shoulders with all the extras I take on. He is still reluctant to. *sigh*
Good luck gals, times are changing, just too bloody slowly.
School finishes at 4.30pm
They have longer holidays and a much longer lunch break (1.5hr).
That's another of my issue with the school system here. Leaving our kids to eat out of a lunch box in such a small period is crazy.
I've been taught to eat slowly and each meal is over 30 min, sitting down at a table, etc
Anyway I digress!
I agree that after school care is a great option, probably better than a longer school day. Although my understanding is that events and assembly etc where parents need to go are not during after school care?
So if you don't want to miss out on that you need to take the arvo off?
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