At the beginning of the school year, I took both boys calendars and entered in each of the holidays and professional development days into my Google calendar. I assigned some days to myself (Fridays, mostly) and some to my husband (any Federal holidays). I scheduled some online classes for my students on some days, and blocked off my calendar for other days.
And then life happened. I joined a professional development group for “professional” faculty (this is what they are now calling us instead of “non tenure track” faculty that always met on Friday, and always during a professional development day for my older son. Other Fridays got booked up with meetings that were “must-attend” for receiving funding for some of my projects. I managed to schedule a doctor’s appointment for myself at the same time as an important faculty meeting where I was supposed to present.
One suggestion from a veteran mom was to get together with a few other moms from the same school and divvy up the days. If there are six holidays and professional development days, each family would take two. This way, each individual parent is only on the hook for one day of watching three kids or so. It’s a great idea. I’m still trying to find other moms who have the same schedule as me – not all the DC public schools and charter schools are on the same calendar, and some of my friends do baby-sharing agreements which means they already have two children at home on any given day.
My fall semester is already shot to pieces as far as scheduling goes, but I’ve reached out to a couple of moms. Sometimes the tricky part is finding someone who has a similar situation. With two kids, and two different schedules, there are only a few people who fall into that category. However, this is one hack that seems like its worth it. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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