Shift Working Moms

Julie - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Anybody have stories,encouraging words or tips on shift work families.

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Elizabeth - posted on 01/28/2009

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I work for Starbucks as a store manager and we work shifts, they vary they vary week to week nothing permanent so at times its really tough especially being the manager I get stuck with whats left generally or where I'm needed....and lately its been opening shifts which is really early (4:30am - 1pm) so I miss the morning routines with my son (age 3). I've done this for almost 6 years now so I'm pretty used to it but it does get tough sometimes and now we are expecting number 2 and I'm not sure how its all gonna go down once she is here....we will see. I really would like to find a different line of work where it more set hours mon-fri but with the economy how it is I can't afford a pay cut and finding something to pay the same (or more) will be hard. I'm keeping all options open though. I just really try to keep some sort of balance throughout and if needed take an extra day off if possible to spend more time with my son/husband.

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2009

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I'm a nurse and work the night shift (7p-7a).  It has worked out well.  My husband initally was working from home but know he has been laid off so there is no problem with me sleeping in the day.  I am up in time to eat dinner with my family before I head off to work.  When my husband gets another job I am sure my youngest one will need to go to daycare during the day so that I can sleep.  I only work 3 shifts a week so that won't be a problem.  He probably only need care 2 times a week.

User - posted on 01/27/2009

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Agree with last comment definately need a good circle of friends and family. My wee girl starts schol this year and I am planning to stop working late shifts (3.00pm-11.00pm) however will find it very weird not being out the house 2/3 nights a week myself

Maria - posted on 01/26/2009

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I work varied shifts as a midwife and have been really lucky to have very supportive parents and husband who although they can't replace me have made a very good job of filling the hole. My husband is very good at doing the house work, washing and shopping so I can spend that time with my youngest who I feel very guilty about leaving.



You need to have a good network of support around you, use the time you do have doing things with yr children, split the cleaning etc or do it when they are at school.



I think things are working well for us.

Julie - posted on 01/26/2009

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I've been working shift for 13 years...8  of them with a family.  As time goes on finding it tougher and tougher..our shifts are a 4 day cycle..2 x 10hr DAYS then 2 x 14hr NIGHTS then 4 off.  It is great when they are little you get lots of time with the kids but now that my oldest is at school all day and my middle will be full days next year.  When my shifts hit the weekends I feel like I never see them.  Meals are a challenge too....but I'm going to try a new idea...called Supperworks.  They do the shopping,cutting chopping dicing etc....you go to their place and assemble meals in portioned freezable meals.  Cost works out to $4.29 per/person/meal.  Will let you know how it goes.

Renee - posted on 01/22/2009

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I'm a nurse and I have worked the evening shift (3 - 11:30 p.m.) for the past 2 years. It took a lot of adjustment when I first started, but now my hubby and I have gotten used to it. Then Baby came last year and that took some more adjustment, but I think it has actually been the best for us all. I get time with Baby in the mornings (which I think has allowed me to keep breastfeeding for as long as I have), and then Dad gets time with Baby in the evenings. The biggest down-side is that I miss out on a lot of sleep because Baby gets up early :-)  Still, it works for us for now.



I hope you find what works for your family!

User - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi I have worked shifts since my daughter was 5 months old and it has been great! To begin with I worked around my partners hours and we done the child care between us, which was good because then I got alone time with her and so did Daddy but we didn't really have that much time together as a family but we put her to nursery when she was 2 because my partner got a normal job and not only has it been great for her but it has been great for us. We have dinner together 5 nights a week and the other 2 nights is Daddy and Daughter time which they both love and I love working shifts as it gives me my time aswell.

Felicity - posted on 01/22/2009

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Well I work in the evenings in hospitality, it has it's good points and bad ones.



It depends on how old they are, but if they are young you don't have to worry about child care and fees and be able to save money. But then it's good for them to have a day out without you and be able to interact with other kids. Then that way you can increase the days and get them ready for school.



When they are older, a good point is that during the day I can spend time at the school giving help to the teachers which they love. I also get to see the kids and they love having me there also. Then Dad has them for the night while I work.



Down side is that you don't get much time with your partner and you miss the bed-time bath and story time. Also the conversation at Dinner about their day.



Good luck and I hope this helps a little. It woked for me for the past 9 years and it's time for me to change jobs now.



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