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At this moment I am having the impulse to hide my head under my pillow and hope that my childcare problems with resolve themselves if I just ignore them long enough.

That being vanishingly unlikely, however, I am hoping the hive mind will generate some solution that has not yet occurred to me.

So Mondays I now work until 5:15, but my younger child's school Extended Day program closes at 4:30. There is a bus that runs from close by Chip's work to close by the school. The plan had been for Chip to leave work at 4:00 (which is not fabulous but maybe ok once a week), because I am certain when I checked the bus schedule there was a bus that would have gotten him there in time. Bus schedule (whether because I mis-read it or because it has changed) would now require him to leave at 3:30. This suddenly looks like a *far* less feasible plan, because at least in my head this now crosses a line from "leave a little early once a week" to "leave super early once a week". (*Possibly* I could find someone to reliably bring Squiggle to me once a week, and if I can that is what I will probably do. Someone responsible and willing to consistently commit to that is difficult to find, however, and my cost of Monday childcare pretty much already exceeds what I am earning on that day without the added expense.)

What clever solution am I overlooking?

Extra bonus childcare dilemma: After school care for my older kid ends at 5:30, so if I have the car and the traffic co-operates I can just barely get him in time. (This is already a little fraught.) He only has the option of after school care on Mondays, however. (Younger kid can stay for Extended Day T/W/Th if there is space, in addition to having a guaranteed spot every Monday.) Generally I leave work at 2:00 on other days, which allows me to get both kids in time from their respective schools. I seem to need to work until 5:15 far more often than I anticipated on other days, however, *and* on Fridays my younger kid's school does not have Extended Day and closes at 2:30. For extra fun, my older kid really likes the after school program at his school that he does on Mondays (possibly partially because he seems to manage to abandon his homework at school those days due to minimal supervision *sigh*) and so is being astoundingly sullen about other options (and does not seem to be parsing that he doesn't *have* that option any other day).

Date: 2014-09-09 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hammercock.livejournal.com
Gahhh. I wonder what it would be like to live in a country that was actually family-friendly?

Don't forget to email me tomorrow about plans for my part in alleviating this situation for this week, at least. :-}

Others?

Date: 2014-09-09 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drwex
Are there other parents whom you know are dealing with similar coordination problems? 4:30 seems pretty early, so perhaps other parents have worked out a solution or could share in a solution with you that might make it less costly?

Date: 2014-09-10 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] beah.livejournal.com
MRF has built up an obscene about of vacation time that he's using to alleviate our current childcare/work conflict. Is that an option for Chip? Or maybe going into work early a few days a week to make up the time on the other end of the day?

Date: 2014-09-10 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gosling.livejournal.com
He has taken something like a week and half since I started this job already. :-(

Date: 2014-09-10 01:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerynne.livejournal.com
On an occasional basis, he could probably be here until Chip can get here. It would be a pain to have to go up to the school a third time, though, but maybe someone could walk him down? I'm not sure if I could do every Monday. Let's talk.

Date: 2014-09-10 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gosling.livejournal.com
Thank you. :-)

I think at this point I may have someone to get him at 4:30 for now, but I absolutely appreciate it!

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