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Wednesday, March 09, 2011



I've long thought that I'd be more likely to want to be home when the kiddo is older than now. Unlikely that would work out, but it's on my mind. A friend of mine went to half-time when her kid started elementary school for reasons similar to what you describe. And I remember being really struck by an observation I read somewhere about how you can learn a great deal about your kid's life by being the carpool driver. They sit in the backseat and chatter away and forget that you're there...


You should do what works for you and your family. My one thoughtm though, is that working doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" proposition. Since my daughter started kindergarten, I've scaled back to 30 hours a week. It's certainly not a perfect solution at home or at work, and while my daughter does attend (a totally wonderful) aftercare program (as will my son when he starts kindergarten next year), I usually leave my office by 4:00 p.m. and am able to spend a significant amount of time with my children in the late afternoon. I also telwork occasionally, which gives me more flexibility in the afternoon, and I work a short day on Fridays so we can do special activities in the afternoon. It means that I'm always juggling, and I'm sometimes torn between home and work, but it does allow me to do two things I love and value.

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