I finished my Ph.D. coursework within a semester after DS was born, am finishing up my dissertation and pg #2, and will graduate in December. The advice I was given was to delay graduation until I was ready to go on the job market (within the time limitations allowed, of course). Since I'm not interested in a tenure-track position while I have pre-school children, though, I'm going to teach one or two classes at a local university and continue publishing and speaking at conferences until both children are in school. That may or may not doom my chances to rise high in the ranks of academia, but that was never the point of the degree for me anyway.
Your decision may depend largely on your priorities,
"....and between school, piano lessons, t-ball, cub scouts, orthodontist appointments, parent-teacher conferences, brown bag lunches and other school-related activities where they insist that parental participation is a plus, and mercifully I don't remember what all else,.."
Your sons both did all those things at age 7?
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Mine were easy babies, toddlers and preschoolers...it's the tween years that are currently driving me nuts.
I totally agreee....
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.
True, but is not as expensive.
I'm worried about about the leap to middle school, it's going to be