I don't work FT (although as a single mum I could do with the $) simply because if I did my 3 kids couldn't do sport/extra curriculars. It is a stretch financially, but I reduce in other areas. For me, it's important that my kids take part in sport, for fitness, health and social/team reasons. As they get older weekend only sport doesn't exist as most training is in the week with weekend games.
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05-07-2016 22:57 #11
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06-07-2016 03:08 #12
I work night shift. My DS 9yrs old does taekwando one night a week and it rarely involves our weekend unless he is testing which are usually held on Sundays so if I have to work the Saturday night, I take it off because the testing can go all day. My dad takes him because I don't drive otherwise he wouldn't do anything after school.
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06-07-2016 08:41 #13
We were both working full time last year. I'm a teacher, so two nights a week have meetings but the other days I can theoretically leave 'early' by about 4. We got DD to do a few of the 'Kelly Sports' type programs that ran at school immediately after school and then she would go staight to on-grounds OSHC from there. The sports would happen on the B'ball court directly in view of the OSHC building, so no stress about her wandering around from one to the other.
One night a week I would leave early to take her to swimming lessons, as these could be done a bit later. It was a nightmare, as I also had to pick her little brother up from daycare before we went, have snacks etc. and, being so busy working full time, there were a few times when I just plain forgot that she had swimming. It made for such a long day as the kids would be dropped off at 7-7.30am and we wouldn't get back from swimming until about 6.30 then dinner needed to be heated/eaten etc.
She wanted to do other things but we just had to say no. It was not possible!
This year DH is full time, me 3 days. She's doing sport one night, which DH can get back in time to take her there (my meeting night) but swimming we changed all to Saturday morning. She started at a new school this year (we moved) and the OSHC is not on-campus, so she can't stay after school to do programs run at school.
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