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I wouldn't say I'm doing both. My kids (8,10,13)now require little hands on supervision and some of my work requires little thought, I just have to be available to both on an exception basis.
Time management, self-motivation, and the ability to concentrate on the task at hand without distraction are all skills required to wah, and I've got them. My management judges my work on the job done, not the hours spent. Sometimes I work 20 hours a week, others 80+, it ebbs and flows and summer is a lighter period for me. I do most of my work in the summer before the kids get up in the am, or after they've settled in for the night.
When they are in the pool, I do actively supervise, sometimes while working interruptible tasks of IM, email, or listening in on a conference call.
If work requires my fuller concentration, e.g. where I'm leading a conference call, everyone gets out of the pool and on to a activity that requires less supervision, which is usually food, baseball, reading, or computer related.
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I agree with you and I supervise kids in the pool on a constant basis in the summer, it's not hard to do really...we just got wireless, I will have to see if it reaches down to the pool.
I'm an introvert by nature. My best day at the bridal shop is when I get to sew in the back room without any fittings. One of the things that keeping the bridal alterations job does is getting me out of the house and interacting with more than just my family.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
I wouldn't change my status. I WOH full time. I really enjoy my job and my coworkers. It's not the most flexible or best paying job, but it's not bad either. I have to work, but I would choose to even if I didn't have to.
As far as WAH goes, I have WAH on a very PT basis for the last 3 years. It's not something I would want to do FT, and until government sponsored health insurance becomes a reality it wouldn't really be an option for me anyway (since I'm one of those lucky people who is uninsurable outside of a group policy). Working with my kid around isn't a problem. I think NOT having her around is. Ever since she went to live with her dad I have felt no motivation to do any work. I have a decent number of pieces that haven't sold yet, and I do the bare minimum to keep up on my website so I can sell them. But I haven't done any new pieces, save three special orders, since last fall. For a while it was because I had no time. Now I have time, but it just holds no appeal for me. I have a large special order I need to finish and I'm just dreading it. I can't imagine if I had to make my entire living AH. I'd starve. lol
I wouldn't change my status as SAHM right now...but DS has an opportunity to start school at a new independant school in Sept (pre K which