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Old 12-05-2003, 12:14 PM
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Time off???

Mommies get time off?

My day usually begins about 6 or 6:30 and doesn't end until midnight or later. I home school the 4 dk's and can't really do much house work while they are doing school (too much noise). And DH works 3rds so I have to keep the noise down for him too. When DH was gone to Germany last year, we had a good cleaning schedual going. But we did cleaning between lessons during the day.

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Old 12-11-2003, 10:49 AM
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i do

my dh and i havea good system of working things out.

i figure if all is 100% then it can be divided this way

50% of in home work i do completely, this is while dh is at work.
when he is home there is 50% left to divvy up fairly, so he takes half of that labour. in all he does about 40% of all labour and childcare in our home... including getting up inthe night with crying children. for the rest it is easier to divide up the labour tasks... he mostly does all our laundry and grocery shopping, i do dishes and the bath and floors...we share cooking with our roommate michael. it allworks out so that i dont feel likea house frau as much as a working sharing partner in our home.

i think that the guilt for taking a break left me when i actualized the value of my raising healthy well adjusted kids who arent out getting in trouble. it opened up dh's eyes too when we sat down and figured out the costs of paying someone to do what i do... it didnt hurt to point out that when his work day was done he got to leave the office, while i merely got to go on call for the night

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Old 12-27-2003, 12:16 PM
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I TRY to go off duty but it just never seems to work out! With 3 kids between 12 years and 22 months....I am busy. I do try to get the kitchen all cleaned up and "closed" and after the toddler goes to bed I finish the pick-up he started helping with. This way we have a clear path to walk in for the morning! After that I "say" I'm off duty but usually I run down and throw in one more laundry load to wash overnight, or SOMETHING.
Maybe if I planned a little better I could get off duty after the kids' bedtime!
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