A Little Borders on the Side
November 10th, 2010
Today I had my first shift as an employee of Borders Books and Music. No, this isn’t a career change. Rather it’s a – “do you have any idea how much it costs to have two children in day care?” – action. Money’s a bit tight, especially since a good portion of my maternity leave this time around is unpaid. So I opted to pick up a few shifts a week at a nearby Borders, at least through the holidays.
Beyond that, it might help defray the astronomical cost of day care a little bit. Not much, given that I’m making minimum wage, but every little bit helps. I won’t scar you by giving actual numbers, but let’s just say that, as of December 6th when I go back to work, more than 80% of my paycheck will be going to cover the cost of day care.
I know a lot of moms who reach the two kid mark and decide it just isn’t worth it to work. And they’re right. From a strictly financial standpoint, it doesn’t make much sense when you look at the numbers like that. But my decision to continue working has a lot more facets to it than simply a financial calculation. I love my job. I derive great fulfillment from working hard at a job that I’m good at, for an organization that is making a difference in my city. I don’t want to give that up.
And I also believe that “school” is good for my kids. Not just an acceptable sacrifice made to enable me to work, but actually and legitimately a positive experience in their lives. Miss Mouse loves her teachers and her friends and she soaks up every new experience like a little sponge. A lot of this value stems from the fact that we have her in a very good day care. It’s true that you get what you pay for. And we pay a lot.
But we’re committed to keeping the kids in KinderCare and so we’re working together as a family to make that possible – up to and including my working a second job in all my “free time.”