I think it's absolutely outrageous that they cancel your leave.
What do people do when it comes to school holidays? I'm genuinely curious.
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20-04-2016 06:56 #181
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20-04-2016 06:58 #183
Is your career really ruined when you have a baby?
Please don't feel guilt @harvs
Whilst my job is considered relatively family friendly and we can request leave to attend things- note it is a job not a career and we are easily replaceable- ultimately we still work public holidays and I'm due to work Christmas this year. I'm gutted by this. If I'm lucky I can find someone without kids to fill it for me but I can't keep avoiding it year after year. But I guess my point is we all have to make sacrifices somewhere. It is almost impossible to have kids and not give something up. Either be SAHM and sacrifice financial independence and security (and sanity!), or work either part time (and hamper career progression) or full time and accept sometimes we can't always be there for our kids.
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20-04-2016 07:00 #184
For me personally school holidays were a mix of me taking leave, vacation care and family support. My DS1 spent many a school holiday being flown off to my sister or my dad in Sydney. He hated vacation care with a passion so intruded to limit that as much as possible!
20-04-2016 07:00 #185
20-04-2016 07:03 #186
harvs is a teacher like myself, so it can be difficult to get time off work. You can't just ring up the parents to come & collect their kids 3 hours earlier than usual because ypu want to attend an activity with your own child. Hiring a relief teacher is expensive for the school, so while a teacher does get the usual 10 sick days a year, leave on top of that is often not possible & you just change the hours if you are a fulltime classroom teacher.
20-04-2016 07:06 #187
@Little Miss Sunshine you are exactly right we can't have it all and have to accept the consequences of our choices. I guess when those 'choices' are compounded by discrimination at work it becomes a bitter pill to swallow.
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20-04-2016 07:11 #190
Thankfully my family won't have this issue because of DH being a SAHD (he is starting financial planning this year but will be self employed), and end of year holidays are sorted because my firm closes for 4 weeks over the Xmas break. Then we have a nanny for any unexpected circumstances.. I realise we have a unique situation that is outside the norm. I'm only just starting to appreciate how lucky we are!
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