Taking on more hours with a baby on the way
June 1, 2014 9:17 AM Subscribe
I've been offered a job I'd like, but the hours are longer and there's a commute, and we're expecting a baby. Would I be crazy to take it?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, the job I've been offered would be a 40 hour week (I'm currently doing 37.5) and will involve an extra 5-6 hours of commuting a week, so I'll be away from home from around 8am-7pm (at the moment it's nearer 8:45am-5:45pm).
For personal and career reasons (not to mention money) it'd be a good move. However my partner is expecting a baby in a few months, and I'm well aware that very few people on their deathbeds express regret at having spent too much time with their families. However I don't want to carry on spending my working days being bored, and there's a reasonable chance that within 2-3 years I'll be able to find a job closer to home again.
So, the actual question; how much of a mistake do you think it would be to miss those extra few hours a week at home? How much parenting would actually happen between 8 & 8.45am and 5-6pm?
(Some extra detail; this is a first baby, my partner will take a year of maternity leave and then work part time; I may have an option to go part time in the future, but it depends on all sorts of things. My job is technical and fairly specialised, so things within a sane commute don't come up more than once every year or two, and this is a particularly good opportunity. Moving house isn't an option, for various reasons.)