Better to SAHM to School-Aged Kids than Infants and Toddlers?!
My kids are both now in school (1st and 4th grades). I've always worked FT, but now it seems like working full time is absolutely out of sync with the needs, demands and schedules of school-aged children. I am not knocking SAHMing when children are babies or toddlers; obviously, there is a benefit. But I now think the needs of older kids, who are still very much dependent, are often overlooked. I mean, the school year is only 180 days long. Add to that breaks, vacations, in-service days, holdays and illnesses, and there are a whole lot of gaps to fill when they are not in school.
Then there's the several hours of time between when they get out of school (around 2 p.m.) and when the average person is able to leave work (4:30-6 p.m.). Additionally, I have daughters, and as a woman who grew up as a latch-key kid, I know all the trouble and issues I encountered due to a lack of supervision after school.
Have any of you quit working after the baby/toddler phase for similar reasons? Or did you scale back your job commitments or career to part-time or something else?
It just feels like a two-career household with youngish children is a total disaster!