Back to basics

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Back to basics
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Mon, 07-07-2008 - 11:04am
Whether you stay at home or work outside the home, would you change your status if you could? Is working from home the best of both worlds?


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Registered: 09-13-2004
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 4:29am

I enjoy the intellectual stimulation and social interaction I get from work. I guess if I was independently wealthy I'd become a philantropist and be a bit more in charge of my own time, but overall I enjoy working.


WAH is not an option in my job, and to be honest it never appealed to me. I can WAH for an afternoon if need be (i.e. the plumber is coming), but it is the exception. DH loves WAH, so he does it as much as he can, but he couldn't do it if we didn't have a nanny, DD simply requires too much attention.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 5:56am
I would like to work more in a few years. Working from home is fine, IMO, but I would not want to do it with kids. I do not see the point of being home and yet not available to them. OTOH, we do something close to it, in the sense that our office is about 200 yards from the house and we go back and forth a lot, including for meals.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 9:50am
Were your kids home while you WAH when they were younger? If so, did you have childcare while you worked?

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Registered: 10-04-2007
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 10:07am

Absolutely not.

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Registered: 08-08-2006
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 10:12am
I always had childcare while I worked when they were younger. I worked pt until youngest entered 1st grade, and my schedule was flexible enough that I rarely needed after school care. Last year was the first year I didn't have childcare during the summer, they were 7, 9, and 12 at the time.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 11:00am

So how did you fit in 40 hours a week of work with no childcare and three children too young to drive?


Also for me, one of the big benefits of WOH is that I can go to lunch with my friends or get a manicure without taking extra time away from the family - how could you do that if you WAH?


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Registered: 08-08-2006
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 11:35am

I live at the beach and we have a pool. My children's friends usually hang out here so there's not much driving involved. For camps and lessons, we carpool and dh (also a wah) shares our family driving responsibility. I usually work early in the am, late in the evening, and I watch the kids by the pool under and umbrella with laptop and wireless when I have to work during the day. Summer is usually a pretty slow work time for me, so I'll usually take 3 or 4 weeks vacation.

I've got a wah dh, a 13yo dd, so it's pretty easy for me to get time away if I need it. I'm off to pick up the boys from tennis lessons, then its my workout time while dd is in charge of foraging for lunch. I'll take my several hours of scheduled conference calls under the umbrella this afternoon.

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Registered: 04-18-2008
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 12:10pm

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 12:31pm
I think it must be very personality dependent. The thought of trying to work with dd in a pool, never mind about kids who are not mine, would drive me batty. It would be bad enough even if I did not have to try to work as well. I think it is impressive that you can do that.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cmwendyw
Tue, 07-08-2008 - 2:52pm

So you're simultaneously supervising the kids and working?

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