Popcorn post: Thoughts On Work And Being Childfree

I have number of posts I’ve been meaning to write, but never seem to get around to. Some of it’s business. Some of it is just feeling burnt out. But most of it is laziness, I admit. Sometimes though, I just have some thought in my head that I can’t seem to get out until I write down, even if the topic in question is trivial compared to other things that I mean to write.

Anyway, I was looking at my work schedule and something occurred to me that I hadn’t really thought about. My boyfriend and I work for the same company, and our manager does her best to make schedule arrangements that give us the same days off work. And that’s just great!

Now, I knew that having kids affects one’s work schedule. I wrote about that a little bit in my list of reasons to be childfree. But there was a new thought that I hadn’t considered before that involves having a partner, and how both of our schedules would need to be arranged.

Childcare is expensive, whether it’s a daycare dump or some private babysitter. It advises for parents who aren’t absolutely loaded to arrange their schedules in such a way as to minimize childcare costs. We’d have to arrange our schedules in such a way as to have someone home to watch the kid(s) as much as possible. Instead of making arrangements to try to have days off at the same time, we’d need to have alternating days off.

Effectively, this means that my partner and I couldn’t afford to see each other much. That’s pretty sad. No wonder parents grow apart.

As if kids didn’t put enough strain on relationships as it was.

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Posted on 2012/08/26, in childfree, Work and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is totally my worry about having children. I do not want to sacrifice my special relationanship for something I am not sure I want. Well, 99% sure I don’t.
    Would it be at all possible to have a contact address for you, been reading your blog with keen interest and thought I could talk to you about something. It’s okay if you don’t want to.

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