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Fingers crossed June 15, 2010

Posted by sunflower71 in Life with 3 princesses, my opinions.
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Weighing options is always challenging.  The level of the challenge changes with the subject of the options.  For example what to wear, what to cook, etc would be on the easy side.  Other issues could be diametrically opposite.

Yes, I’m still on the see-saw of whether to go back to work or not.  I am currently working out the logistics of the 3 Princesses who will be (and this cannot be otherwise) in 3 different schools/play groups.  This country is boasting that it’s encouraging women to go back to work but when we come to the details, well, to put it mildly, in our case, it’s starting to look quite complicated.

We do not have the luxury of family members who could give us a hand so unless the school hours match my working hours, then I’d have no option but to extend my stay-at -home mom period.

That is unless, I’m posted in one particular school that is located within walking distance from two and potentially 3 of the schools/play groups we’ll be using.  This would simplify matters no end.

Now how do I get sent to this particular school?  First of all by asking to go there and then by keeping fingers crossed that the vacancy arises. And praying that if this is a good thing for my family and me, the puzzle pieces will fall into place.

PS Some background: before The Princess was born I was a state employed teacher.  The state gives us the possibility to avail of a 5 year career break to raise our children and can be used until they are 6 years of age.  Additionally, we are also given another year for every child.  So technically I could take up to 8 years of parental leave. I believe this to be a very good deal and helpful for families.  But there are 2 catches: the first is that one cannot do any form of paid work during parental leave and that  after it expires one has to work (or pay back the salary of) at least 6 months.


Today it rained mosquito wings May 4, 2010

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The grey, warm and sometimes windy weather we had today brought to our terrace little transparent petals…. that had not some of them still had the body of an insect attached, petals is what I’d have thought them to be.  Strange but true!

Likewise, metaphorically, today on me it rained a shower of iffy mosquitos…. millions of thoughts of how could I even begin to contemplate to take up full-time employment again any time soon.  I had lately been thinking of terminating my parental leave in September and resuming my teaching duties.  Technically I’d still have a couple of more years to avail of (my job allows me a career break of 5 years and a year for every child… total 8 years! of which I have used only about 4 1/2 till now). But after the 3rd eventful night (TS is teething and has a cough), I really couldn’t even bring myself to have breakfast.  On a day like this I wouldn’t have been able to face a number of classes for Maths. which is what I’d have to do if I had to restart working again. 

My thoughts gave me an even bigger headache than the one I woke up with.

PS My only hope right now if that TS sleeps through the night today. Fingers crossed.