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Share this episode with a friend In Episode 19, we talk to Abi who has 2 primary school aged children and words 4 days a week. We talk about being open to different possibilities with childcare and sharing the load of school pick up and drop offs. The Lowdown - Family of 4 - 1 parent working 4 days - 1 parent working full-time - 2 school-aged children 3:26 How much sleep 3:34 Enough! 3:50 Who is in your family 4:18 Parenting superpowers 4:22 The organiser 4:50 Minister for social engagements 5:10 The online calendar 6:18 Child pick up appointment in work calendar 6:36 Calendar blocked out so meetings can't be scheduled 7:00 Husbands parenting superpowers 7:06 Fun, handy, practical 7:30 Challenges children more 8:30 Children and safety/risk 9:30 Feeling comfortable to say no 10:24 Children making you brave 10:56 Don't want them to see your fear 12:00 Flying 14:00 This is a bloomin small plane 15:08 How is childcare managed 15:30 School holidays 16:00 Have you been able to choose your path? 16:16 Fairly in control 16:26 Childcare availability brought things forward 16:50 Working 1 day a week initially 17:20 More flexibility once you are part of the childcare system 17:54 Been able to get the amount of care we needed 18:10 1 day a week was a bit weird 19:00 Building up days of work 21:04 What works well 21:12 Sharing pick ups and drop offs 21:28 Kids getting older and being more independent 22:32 Downsides? 22:38 Tight time budget at work 22:50 Not much wiggle room 23:56 Dump them at the school gate 25:12 Watching the clock and doing the minimum hours 26:30 Staying late then doing the after-hours activity pick up 28:08 Any other combinations? 28:44 Kindy hours 29:04 Shared pick up with a friend, each picking up both kids on one day while the other worked. 29:48 Later a paid arrange with same friend for a full day 30:10 Made the difference between doing kindy and doing childcare that year 31:10 Friend more flexible with hours than chilcare 31:40 Had arrangements for sick days 32:22 What worked best? 32:30 Childcare is so straightforward 34:54 Next step? 35:24 High School with no OSHC 35:42 Back to 2 different schools and no longer walking together 37:54 Are you families paid work environments supportive? 38:06 Flexibility 40:00 Value and support employees so they stick around 40:30 Funny or disasterous moments? 41:02 Travel/sleep/clock fail 44:42 Is family what you thought it would look like? 45:14 Parents on the same page with parenting 46:06 Any advice? 46:12 Be flexible, ask for help 46:30 Be aware of your workplace culture around flexible work 46:48 Be open to ideas 47:00 Don't be afraid to make changes Let me know what you thought of this episode! Leave a comment below, leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher, contact me via Facebook, Twitter or email. Or even better join the Codfish Squad and talk to me there.               

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