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.”

One response to “A Little Borders on the Side”

  1. Isa says:

    I was just wondering about that–I know you'd said you were considering quitting when Bear showed up, but I agree that it can be good to give them the chance to meet other kids. Also, working at Borders sounds like a good way to get some social interaction and good discounts for you, too!

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