I am going to work part-time.

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I am going to work part-time.
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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 1:37pm
I have been a sahm ever since Zachary was born but now with him and his younger brother getting older I am going to be going to work at a bookstore starting Monday. My hrs will be while the ds are at school. To give me something to do and also to get more money coming in the house since both ds will be needing braces and my dh needs help with the expenses of more groceries (growing boys eat alot!) My question is how do you that work outside the home get your laundry etc. done? I am going to have some changes to the schedule here so I was just wondering if you can give me any advice on how to make things go smoother in the mornings with my getting ready and both ds getting ready too.Right now Timothy gets on the bus at 6:55 a.m. and Zachary gets on the bus at 7:43 a.m. I will need to be at work by 9:00 a.m. TIA.
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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 2:26pm
I've been doing that since ds11 was an infant - first worked 3 days/week, now 5, but only 32 hours (least amount to get full time benefits!). It's great - I drop ds off at school (vs. bus; he's conned me into taking him there but he takes the bus home) and blast to work, and then meet him at home - he gets home just a bit before I do. It's truly wonderful, getting to work around school hours.

As far as getting things done, I've always been a list maker, and really stick to the list, or I'd forget many little details. This doesn't include laundry and such; I just throw a load in in the morning, then when I come home, I throw it in the dryer, and it's ready after dinner to be folded/put away. I iron once a week (usually about 12-15 items between dh and me). I grocery shop once/week, keeping a running list. I've cajoled dh into vacuuming, so that helps a bit, plus he takes care of mowing and the cars and repairs. DS helps take care of the dog (amazing what Boy Scout merit badges can do for motivation!) and cat (I do the fish), and helps clear the table after meals. On occasion, he loves squirting the windows or glass table and wiping them clean. It really seems to run pretty smoothly.

Sue

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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 2:31pm
Oh, and I guess the worst part is I get up at 5:45 or so, even though we haven't had to leave til 8:30 (was 8:55 start in grade school; moves up an hour now so we'll leave at 7:30). So I'm easily up and ready, breakfast made, laundry in, pets out, etc., before ds even gets up. But I seem to need a bit of sleep, so I'm in bed by 9:15 or so latest, or you wouldn't want to be around me the next day! So I definitely get a lot done in the morning (and am a moring person), but it's mostly due to being up so darned early!

Sue

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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 3:36pm
You must be really excited! I too was a sahm from the time Zach was born until two years ago. I now work school hours and school calendar; this was the only way I would even consider the job offered to me. As far as getting things done -- I do almost everything first thing in the morning. After school is kid time and getting dinner ready. Some laundry and general picking up is done in the evening; but I'm usually in bed by 9:30 with the kids!

It may take a month or two to get a schedule down, but once you do it will be a breeze. I actually find that I get more done (and I'm more organized) when school is in session and I am working!

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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 4:34pm
Congratulations on the new job, how exciting!!

Robert and I both work full-time though I work 32 hours to his 40. We split the chores and don't worry about who does more. Generally, he does laundry, grocery shopping and mowing; I vacuum, do dishes, clean and pick up. Sometimes when he's tired or not feeling well, I'll do the laundry or mow the lawn; if I'm rushed some days he'll take care of the dishes or clean the bathroom.

We're lucky in that we have a dishwasher so I load and run it at night, when I get up I have clean dishes to put away. Laundry is done the same way, either is it washed at night and dried during the day or it is washed in the morning and dried in the afternoon. I find that even 10 minutes can be enough to pick up the living room and run a sponge around the kitchen counters. I try to make use of "downtime", such as when I'm waiting for dinner to cook or the bathtub to fill, by running a cloth over surfaces or scrubbing out the toilet, etc.

It may take some trial and error to find what works for your family, but it will be worth the effort and you'll wonder why you ever worried about it ;-).

Best Always,

Sherrie


Edited 8/21/2003 4:34:57 PM ET by cl-iluv_being_a_mom

Sherrie Rainbow

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Sun, 08-24-2003 - 9:23pm
Congrats and good luck with your new position! I love working pt while the kids are in school, and hope to be doing it again in the fall ;-) I worked ft until S&R were 4, then cut back to 32 hours, and cut back to 28 hours when they started 2nd grade. (I lost my job at the end of Dec. and have been enjoying a little sabbatical.)

As far as the morning goes, Sam likes to buy lunch, and Rachel likes to pack (different, as usual ;-) I pack Rachel's lunch, except for making the sandwich, the night before, so I don't have much to do in the AM. I may have her do it this year, since she's an early riser most mornings anyway. In terms of getting ready for work, when S&R started middle school last year with a 7:15 bus, I showered before they left for the bus stop, and finished getting ready for work after I saw the bus go by. I think it really depends on your commute, and how much help your boys need in the morning. Mine don't need much right now, since they can get their own breakfast, etc. We pack their bookbags the night before, too. I don't leave much to do in the AM.

Are you going to get a lunch break? I love to run errands the days I take a lunch hour. I'd have a quick bite at my desk, and then head out to get whatever I needed, including clothes for the kids.

When I was working, my dh did the supermarket shopping once a week on the weekend. We keep a running list on the fridge, do a quick check of what we need and what's on sale, and off he'd go. He takes care of laundering his own clothes and going to the dry cleaner (he wears suits to work), and I do the rest of the laundry. Odd arrangement, I know, but it works for us! We do have a cleaning service every other week. Totally worth it to me.

You'll find your own rhythm, and feel free to post back for suggestions, since it seems we have some working moms here! The working moms board on Parent Soup is also terrific.

Janet

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Tue, 08-26-2003 - 6:14am
Lucky for you, you don't have to be at work 'til after the kids are in school, so that gives you more time in the mornings. For me (I also work part time) it's really a matter of organization ... setting priorities and, in some cases, lowering your standards. I do laundry in between other things. I'll throw a load in the washer in the a.m. and then play on the computer (MY time! as I get up an hour or more before everyone else.) The washer will be done and I'll toss stuff in the dryer before I get in the shower. I'll take out of the freezer whatever I plan on cooking for dinner that night to defrost. I make use of the time-bake feature on my oven (so dinner can cook while I'm at baseball practice or cheerleading or karate or whatever activities the kids have after school.) I also assign chores to my kids ... nothing too complex, but as they get older, they can do more, and if both parents are working, then the kids need to contribute as well. (No reason why they can't set the table, feed the pets, load/unload a dishwasher, etc.) Also, I've learned to let things go. I used to be totally anal about how my house looked ... now, I accept that 'clutter' looks lived-in, and I can't control it all. I don't let the little things make me totally nuts. I try to take advantage of time by combining things ... like I'll go grocery shopping while the kids are at karate (which is next door) or do laundry in steps ... right now, I have a load to fold, another in the dryer ... and I'll probably do those before work, put them away when I get home.

What has helped me is to have a monthly calendar posted on the 'frig (color coded by family member) listing who has what, and when. Also, I have a chore chart for each of my kids listing their responsibilities by time of day. While they do homework after school, I'm getting dinner started ... and either put it in the 'frig to cook later, or put it in the oven using time-bake feature.

Good luck! Enjoy working. Part time really is a great alternative 'cause it allows you adult time PLUS added income, while still allowing you to be around when the kids are home.

Nancy

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