(Closed) Advice on transitioning from full-time to part-time after baby

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 Stay-At-Home Mom. So, I am pretty much in the same boat as you are at the moment.  

Post # 6
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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. Frown

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