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#1 Wahwah

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:43 PM

I need help making a decision, or at least being able to rationalise a choice. Please tell me what you'd do in this situation.

I work for myself, freelance, by the hour. However, I wasn't planning to work at all in January because it's school holidays and my youngest will be starting FYOS at the end of Jan and I really wanted to just hang out with the kids and have fun over summer without palming them off to babysitters.

But...it looks like I may well have a big job mid-Jan to the start of Feb. I could earn 3-4 months income in 4 weeks.

It's a great cash injection, but I feel torn and guilty that I won't be able to spend anywhere near as much time with the kids before the little one is off to school.

So WWYD? Help me decide!

#2 kiwimum2b

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:45 PM

Work! Think of the playing you could do with that cash original.gif


#3 MakkaPakkaDad

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:52 PM

I'd turn it down if I could afford to and had other prospects on the horizon.  If cash is tight, do it (and try to organise your day so that you're working early morning/night and have a few hours in the middle of the day for family time).

#4 MrsLexiK

Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

I'd probably take it meaning that I could take more time off later if need be.

#5 brangisnotaword

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

I'd work! Before you know it, it will be Easter holidays.  You can make up for it then.

#6 Ianthe

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

I'd work. And I agree with the Easter and April holidays if possible because I think they are really long next year.

#7 2bundles

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

I would work. I don't know what state you are in, but ours go back in January anyway.

#8 Wahwah

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

Ok that's making me feel a bit better, thanks! I can bribe them by saying 'if mummy works now we can have an ace holiday somewhere later in the year'.

Thank you EB for alleviating my mummy guilt.

#9 jayskette

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

Be with the kids and after they sleep work on your project.

#10 poss71

Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

Take the job and volunteer at school a few times in term 1 when you're free.

Don't feel guilty, just enjoy the time prior to mid-Jan with the kids.

#11 luke's mummu

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

I would take the job, saving for a big holiday in April. maybe also spend part of the money on a cleaner/lawn-mowing etc so you and your partner can spend more non-work time playing with your kids?




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