Post # 1
My husband and I are currently TTC, and I am starting to think about how we’ll handle child care after our baby arrives. DH and I earn approximately the same amount, although there is much higher earning potential in his job than there is in my job. If one of us chooses to stay home with the baby, it would make the most sense for me to do so. We live in an urban area where the cost of childcare is very high – almost $1,200 a month (which is nearly half of my monthly after tax take-home pay). Because of this high cost, it makes sense to consider me staying at home and possibly finding part-time work that I could do in the evenings or weekends (or during the week, 1-2 days a week, as it would be realistic to have my mom come babysit for those days). I couldn’t stay at home and not work at all, because it would just be too tight financially. But, if I could find PT work that would provide me 50% of what I earn now, it would be equal to me working FT and putting baby in day care.
My question is: when would I go about finding PT work like this? I would like to stay at my current job until after baby is born. I really do enjoy my job, and the benefits are fantastic (better than my husband’s). Would I look for PT work while on maternity leave? I imagine it would be difficult being a few weeks post-partum and applying to jobs and going out to interview for part time jobs. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I am getting my Master’s degree in healthcare administration in April and the upside of this is, I think I could use that as a stepping stone to find something part-time in the field and gain experience. I don’t plan to be at home more than a year or two at most, and would like to keep my skills up and get back into my career. But I would really like to have at least the first year home with my precious baby.
Has anyone made the transition from FT to PT after baby and have any advice? I would love to be able to find something where I can work for home a few hours in the evening when my husband is home to take care of baby, but I wonder if that is realistic that I would have the energy to take care of a child all day and then do work for 3-4 hours in the evening. Also, when would I start looking for this kind of work? Any advice from anyone in a similar situation would be much appreciated.
Post # 3
Have you tried talking to your current employer about cutting hours back? I have a friend that works 4-ten hour days and has off three days in a row. I know your looking for less hours but sometimes boss’ can be flexible if your a good worker.
Post # 4
I really don’t have much advice in this. I am due soon and we are taking things one step at a time. Right now…childcare is out of the question, it is too expensive and we are not very trusting people. Family members and friends all work…. the only way it would be possible for me to work part-time is on weekends and evenings. However, sometimes he works into the late evening and sometimes he works weekends. He makes pretty good money, but I do like my job and I want to at least work part-time. It is looking more and more like I will be a SAHM. So, I am pretty much in the same boat as you are at the moment.
Post # 5
@HisIrishPrincess: I wish! Unfortunately, my boss is extremely inflexible and very old school. I had a colleague who asked to work PT for similar reasons and he told her absolutely not – she ended up leaving as soon as she found a part time job! The worst part is, my old boss (who retired last year) was very flexible, and even allowed me to work from home for a period of several months for personal reasons. My current boss won’t even consider letting you work from home for a day! It’s a shame because my current job is something I could easily do working from home…..but…such is life. Which is why I need to, unfortunately, look at other options although I wish I could somehow keep current job and go PT or work from home, but it will never happen.
Post # 6
Just a warning that if you are going to be looking for a job in health care administration (and not a clinical job like a nurse) it will be nearly impossible to find something part time. I work at a hospital and all the upper level management and administration jobs are full time. Unless it’s something like an administrative assistant; something not considered “management” level, part time jobs in that area just don’t exist – at least not where I live.
Also, you won’t find a health care administration job that has evening hours. Those kind of jobs are Monday – Friday day time hours.
I’m not trying to be discouraging, but giving you a realistic view of what you may face.
I work evenings (not in administration; I’m clinical) because if I worked day shift, there would be no one to get my kids off to school. I did work days when they were little and in day care, but that was even tough because I hated getting them up so early and there were times they were the first ones at the day care center.
I’ve been working evenings for several years now, even with my youngest at home and not yet in school, and it’s totally do-able. That’s not to say that I have all the energy in the world, but you will have to learn to pace yourself and have to be OK letting things go. My problem is, that I try to get so much done before I go to work that I wind up being tired by the time I get to work.
I’m not crazy about working evenings as I get home really late, and then if one of the kids gets up in the middle of the night, it’s usually me taking care of them. Then I have to get up early to get them off to school, so on the days I work I don’t get a ton of sleep that night. But for us, we really don’t have any alternative. I cannot afford to quit, so I just have to deal with it.
Not sure if that was helpful or not.