This week I asked at work about increasing my hours. Basically I pitched it like this:
I'd like to go from 1 day a week to 3, but I can only do certain days, can only do mornings, would need to leave early and would need a parking space in case of emergencies.Most employers I imagine would not be impressed. Mine?
Sure - let me work out some details and I'll get back to you.Done.
Not sure when I'll start though - I want to wait until after the coming school holidays as I really feel like I need a rest - and would have to take leave straight away to look after the kids anyway!
My biggest worry is how I am going to get everything done. I also feel guilty and sad that 3 days of the week I won't be there in the morning when my babies wake up. I know Murray will be here, but it will be sad having to wait until 3pm to see them. I have to keep remembering that Emma will be at school and the twins will be at preschool for 2 of the days so I wouldn't really see them much anyway - AND they'll be having a great time. The other day they will be with my mum which they love and are used to because she minds them currently when I work.
I guess the other big stress about working more hours is that the whole situation seems so precariously balanced.
Everything should be fine....
....as long as....
the kids don't get sick,
I don't get sick,
the kids don't take turns being sick for days on end,
nothing happens to Grandma,
the car doesn't break down,
Ashlea doesn't have appointments on my work days (um hello, renal clinic and botox),
Ashlea doesn't end up in hospital,
and the list goes on.
Seriously how do people manage their job and their parenting and caring responsibilities? Fortunately my employers know about 'our situation' and are very understanding. I actually think their knowing about our situation is what makes them so accommodating - all the bosses have young kids and I guess from their perspective I'm living their worst nightmare.
Please tell me this is do-able!!
I guess I can just try it and see what happens. If it doesn't work out I can always go back to just working one day a week.
I'll let you know how it goes!