But don't you think that's common to parenting in general...not necessarily to woh and parenting?
I tend to agree with pnj, about a 2yo requiring more energy over all....but, coordinating the schedules of older children can become a nightmare.
If I were you, I'd look up the policies at universities where you might want to teach, and perhaps talk to other professors you know about this.
I see we've gotten off track right away!
The real issue is when you have the 3 year old and the 7 year old, expensive daycare and running around to activities and you are fully aware of the coworkers who don't, who stay late, take work home and actually finish it, and who don't need to take maternity leave in the near future for baby #3 on the way....
True...but expensive care does not end when your child goes to school if you work. You still have after-care, during the school year camp or sitters and summer camp.
I have 2 children and while I usually do leave at 5pm, I have taken home work in the past when I have gotten so overwhelmed, will work after 5pm, during lunch and Saturdays when needed. You CAN rely on an employee who is also a mother. Maternity leave was never a problem for me. I was off for 3 months and came back to continue the same job I had.
"I see we've gotten off track right away! Just to bring it all together:"
Most threads do NOT stay on track.
It also depends on how many children you have, what the age differences are, and the interests of each child.