Is part time work better then no work?

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Is part time work better then no work?
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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 3:02pm

Does part-time work for mothers improve their lives?

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 5:28am

I agree, and that is actually how my brother and his wife have chosen to work during the child-rearing years. My brother has a flexible job that is often PT and his wife works PT. The kids do go to daycare/school, but by staggering schedules, the parents have enough time to bring/pick up at reasonable hours, shop, cook clean etc and still have a life.

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 6:30am
i think there are a million and one other things to consider before answering that question, does the mother have to work - meaning is her financial contributioin necessary to satisfy the family needs? is it a job mom likes? what are the ages of the children? could this also apply to other things outside the home, volunteering, mom group or church group, returning to school?

improve implies there was something wrong before that changes if mom has a job. while for some things do improve esp if the financial need is there, to others it might just mean a filler because all kids are in school f/t now.

 

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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 9:10am

Oh OK...so by "mothers" you actually mean "SAH mothers".


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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 1:53pm
onota wrote:

Does part-time work for mothers improve their lives?

So i was going to ask if you meant "better" compared to SAH or compared to FTWOH, but then I re-read the title and saw that you said "better than no work" which means SAH.

That's a hard one for me to answer from a personal perspective because I've never been a SAHM.

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Thu, 03-17-2011 - 9:52pm

Without reading all the posts (which I will do)

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Thu, 04-14-2011 - 12:28pm

i totally agree...a while back

 

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Thu, 04-14-2011 - 2:07pm

I agree, it mom is happy, and she's still able to be a mom, cool. Unfortunately, as a mom, it's not just about mom anymore. I have a friend who says "but I still have to be me" before she goes out with her friends three nights a week; it makes her happy, but the kids are in daycare all week long and then three nights a week, as dad works out-of-state mon-fri. (I won't go there.) Work's the same way. When you're a mom, kids come first so if something makes you happy, that's great, but only if the kids are happy too.

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Thu, 04-14-2011 - 5:05pm

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Thu, 04-14-2011 - 6:30pm

Who stays with her children when she goes out?

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Fri, 04-15-2011 - 9:39am

yea, but maybe what mom does is a happy norm for her kids then too even if it is extended daycare three nights a week. friend i mentioned and her husband do several getaways a year, just them two, i hate listening to the justification that they do that because of their busy lives - parenting, work and such - when they're home, i think it's more a personality thing because they were always like that, even before kids, i would also bet that if pleasure vacations were taken away she'd be a very unhappy woman.