I would want: SAH, part time nanny, a little free lance work on the side.
I am: SAHM... a very very very very tiny bit of extra work for my old job now and then.
I think I have it now: Work part time flexible schedule (including weekends and evenings with shifts as short as 2 hours and as long as 12 hours. I can work anytime between 7am and 3am the following day, but usually limit myself to 11pm), and SAH the rest of the time. DH works from home 2 days a week. I schedule myself around book club, playgroups, and any other function I want to attend. The only drawback is I have to work 24 hours a month and 10 of those hours are last minute paged out time, so I have to keep my pager on me at all times. Before K, I had J in childcare/preschool 2 days a week, but can't afford it until I work at least 50 hours a month. Once I do she's going back to all day 3 days a week childcare/preschool.
I go back to work on Tuesday.....I'm actually excited!
Ideal: SAH with side projects where I can be creative and do things I love.
Now: I work part-time.
Ideal: Part time, with no on call. I'd love 2 days/week.
Now: I work full time, 4 days/week with about 11 hour shifts. I'm also on call about 3 days/week and every 3rd weekend. I'm supposed to be going down to part time, but it likely won't happen until October and I have a feeling that it won't work out financially with my work if I'm not working full time.. so I have a feeling I either need to stay full time (which is exhausting, with the long shifts and on call, and DH travelling lots and doing lots of overtime) or get a new job. Let the job hunting commence!!
If DH has the same job he has now, meaning same income, I choose our current structure because we need/want my income. Fully funding retirement and saving for college and paying cash for things like cars and remodels is important to us. But if he gets a raise, I'm going part time for sure. 7 days per pay period would be ideal for me.
kristalovesjared:I'd work 2 days a week. I SAH now.
I think I'd like this too. 2-3 days a week to get out of the house and be with adults. I'm pretty happy with our currently situation though. I'll probably start working again in about 2 years.
SAH would be my ideal, right now I work full time. We are working towards me working part time.
Jen - Mom to Jillian (10/2008) and Hayden (4/2010)
I think I would work P/T .. which hopefully we will be able to make happen with baby #2. I currently work F/T - 4 10 hour shifts/week. It works out well for us financially and with childcare (not needing f/t care) but I feel drained by the end of my work week and we don't get much 'family time' (I work weekends).
I always thought I wanted to be a SAHM, but I don't know that I'm cut out for it - and I'm afraid I would be too bored or stressed.