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    I'm  a part part-time employee with my school district (25% = 10 hours a week!).  DH works about 60+ hours a week.  :(
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    40ish per week. But I am hourly and can't go over to avoid OT pay. I worry that it will be closer to 50 if/when I become salaried. 
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    studyinpinkstudyinpink member
    edited February 2014

    Long term goals are a good point. We struggle with work life balance all the time in our house. But both DH and I are on the paths to very promising careers. So it isn't so much about balance as trade - off.

    This is where he is and why he's ok with putting in so many hours.

    I'm the complete opposite and don't think it's worth it.

    Not a comment on anyone else's work situation or choices.
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    40 ... With the occasional taking work home if necessary. And I always have my work cell on me.

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    I'm a teacher so I work about 40 and then anywhere from 5-10 extra grading papers/projects/etc.

    H works 11- 12 hour days on the regular but only works 5 days, so 55-60 per week. He is in finance.
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    To whoever asked: 37.5 hrs is the norm for govt work. At least around here. I'm hourly and work 40 hours a week. I am required to take an hour lunch (unpaid) and then there is my commute... I'm gone for 10 - 11 hrs a day.....
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    edited February 2014
    Oh and H works for the same company as I do .. 40 hours too... Some days run late if it's busy but... Both of us are salary so it doesn't matter. We also don't really get sick or vacation days as were the only employees that pretty much run the business so if were gone it's not good. Luckily I can do work from anywhere with my laptop and cell phone so I'm able to work from home when my kid is sick. H isn't consistently busy every single day so if he needed a day off I can usually manipulate the schedule with enough notice (he makes deliveries and manages the warehouse)... But it can be difficult

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    Studyinpink

    I would agree that 6 figures justifies crazy hours but at the same time there is a new way of life that if you're not putting in every minute possible, you will be passed over (who knows if this is so).  Before I was SAH, I worked a minimum of 45 plus a required unpaid hour each day for lunch so by the time my work day was accounted for, I was well into the mid 50 hrs/wk not to mention the two hour drive there and back!  I was traveling internationally at an incredible rate so that through a whole different wag in the dog.  My Mr. starts taking messages by 5, calls by 530, leaves for work by 615 and gets home between 5-6 where he will inevitably remain attached to the phone/text/email.  My health insurance was the best (I miss it) whereas his is okay.  I don't mind him working a lot since I now have time to "manage" the household.
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    Husband works 40hrs, sometimes a little overtime. So I'm on solo baby duty about 50hrs a week but Owen at 15mos has been pretty easygoing most days so SAH isn't driving me too crazy atm. (Okay now I'll have one of Those Days tomorrow as payback for claiming things aren't too hard right now...)
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    DH works 60+. That doesn't include work done at night at home or on the weekends. He's always on call. He's well compensated, but I don't know how to answer the salary question. Other posters brought up good points about variables. You may think a certain amount is worth it until you are living it. DH used to wake up in the middle of the night panicked about some number and run to his laptop. He'd be so stressed he would talk in sleep holding dream meetings. I loved when he was so stressed that he would just get up for the day at 2:30am and head into the office.
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    studyinpinkstudyinpink member
    edited February 2014
    DH works 60+. That doesn't include work done at night at home or on the weekends. He's always on call. He's well compensated, but I don't know how to answer the salary question. Other posters brought up good points about variables. You may think a certain amount is worth it until you are living it. DH used to wake up in the middle of the night panicked about some number and run to his laptop. He'd be so stressed he would talk in sleep holding dream meetings. I loved when he was so stressed that he would just get up for the day at 2:30am and head into the office.

    DH gets home at 7. I put K to bed at 7. He puts E to bed at 8 and then passes out on the couch around 8:30. I usually go to sleep by 9 (sometimes 7:30 depending on the day). We see each other on the weekends. We haven't had 2am treks to the office but he's been going to the office before 5am on the reg lately. I think he is BSC for working like this.
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    40. And it takes me 20 minutes to drive to work each way

    This exactly. We are work twins @shakeyjakey
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    DH leaves for the train by 5:45 and gets into his office around 6:45. He gets home between 6 (once in a great while) and 9:30 (more often than I'd like). I go to bed at 9, and he usually passes out on the couch by then if he's home, but he usually wakes up at some point and will work a few more hours at his desk.

    The caveat here is that he just started this job in November so he really does have a lot to do, but I know he could delegate some of it if he'd relax just a tiny tiny bit. He's starting to, but man, if it's like this for another year I'll be entirely grey at 27. I SAH, too. It's a long time to be alone with kiddo. He only sees her on weekends...I can't imagine being a single mom. He works a lot on weekends, too, but at least he's there to do a meal or keep an eye on her so I can shower for more than 30 seconds. Anyway, tl;dr but I wanted to commiserate. ;-)
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    @studyinpink My Dad is also in the natural gas industry. He typically makes anywhere from $40-60k in overtime a year....that's a ton of overtime.

    DH is a coach. During football season, he works around 70 hours a week. That lasts at least 12 weeks, not counting the playoffs. Baseball season is usually around 60 hours. It can be anywhere from three to four months, depending on how far he goes in the playoffs. He gets paid peanuts for the hours he works, but he is off for around six weeks in the summer.
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    it makes me really sad to see how much everyone is killing themselves for work these days.  What is it going to be like in 20 years?  Mandatory 20 hour workdays, 6 days a week with no pee break?
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    I SAH but my husband works really long hours. He works 12-15 hours a day on the weekdays and usually 4-8 hours each weekend day. So...70-90 hours a week on average. 

    It's ridiculous and out of hand, but he's the IT director of a large local company with a very small IT staff, so he works his normal 8-5, which is filled with meetings and managerial things, then is on call evenings and weekends for emergencies, plus has side projects. He's only been in the job since June and the last guy told him it was a sinking ship, and it's very true.

    I would give ANYTHING to have him working a normal 50-60 hour a week job. :-)
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    I work about 14-20 hours a week, depending on the week. When I'm not working outside the home, I'm a SAHM to DS. DH works 50+ hours a week.
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    I know it must seem overwhelming but you husband being home by 7 Pm really isn't that late. Eventually your kids will go to bed later.

    Ditto. 7 is normal for mine. My DD does stay up later,but we still don't spend a lot of time with him during the week. It has always been this way so it has never bothered me. During his busy season it's more like 8 or 9.


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    I'm just really struggling with his work/life balance and trying to get perspective.

    I appreciate everyone's responses. I'm at a point where I want to go back to work full time because mostly SAH is a bitch right now. Thought I would never say that last sentence.

    Grass is always greener right?

    I completely get where you're coming from. My husband works long hours during the week and some weekends. I sah and don't love it, but I also don't think I'd like going back to work either. Being a responsible adult is bullshit.
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    I'm just really struggling with his work/life balance and trying to get perspective. I appreciate everyone's responses. I'm at a point where I want to go back to work full time because mostly SAH is a bitch right now. Thought I would never say that last sentence. Grass is always greener right?
    I completely get where you're coming from. My husband works long hours during the week and some weekends. I sah and don't love it, but I also don't think I'd like going back to work either. Being a responsible adult is bullshit.

    Being a responsible adult is bullshit. QFT
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    I am here 40 hours a week, but I work about 6-10.
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    I'm a teacher, so about 36.  
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    40 but with the train ride it is 50 away from home.

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    lildevil968lildevil968 member
    edited February 2014

    My hours vary as well. Typically I work 40 hours a week. If it is the start of the school year, finals, or Graduation week, i work around 55 hours that work.

    I don't get paid over time, but they do let us have paid days off without having to take vacation time.

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    @HilarityEnsued I live in the NYC area and am soooo in agreement with you. It is so very expensive. Did you live in the area and then move away? I would love to move and find a place where the cost of living is cheaper, but I am afraid if the rest of the country (see confederate flag post below) :P
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