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Old 05-20-2012, 08:56 AM   #21
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As for the work that piles up when you're off, you need to let people know quite emphatically that your hours have been cut. You didn't ask for this and you would love to go back to five days per week (even if you don't). I wouldn't check voice mails or emails on your off days. If contacted for an "emergency," you need to have your boss agree that this would count against the following weeks workday or you would get OT. Good luck. They're doing it to you so play by the "rules." You have a 24 hr/wk job - 3 days at 8 hrs each.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:58 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Brat
Traditionally the home is the wife's domain. Husbands without better things to often overlook this detail.
And traditionally, women don't work outside the home, focus their lives on childcare, and defer to their husbands on all matters of Importance. But few people would wish to return to such past sexism.

"To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive". Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage (1878)
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:33 AM   #23
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Most of the people in the comments see it as a bad deal to take it.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:35 AM   #24
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And traditionally, women don't work outside the home, focus their lives on childcare, and defer to their husbands on all matters of Importance. But few people would wish to return to such past sexism.
You need to talk to my DW about this. Actually, she hardly left that way of life at all. She likes puttering around the house and having me worry about the money coming in. I keep asking her to trade and she won't go for it. After decades of work, I hope to join her in her lifestyle some day.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:20 PM   #25
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Heck, I worked outside the home virtually all my married life and was the primary earner for most of that time, and still there were sporadic territory issues. I think this becomes more acute when neither are working. The able bodied retired men in my circle develop activities that get them out of the house most days.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:30 AM   #26
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Sorry for my long delay in responding - didn't mean to leave this thread "in suspense". I have decided to decline the offer. The biggest factor was whether I could really achieve the reduction in work... and knowing me and my interests - particularly when some of my work activities are directly aligned with my hobbies - it would feel more like I was taking a pay cut to work close to the same amount of time.

Also - and this may sound strange - the more detailed analysis we did, including from our financial planner - showed that we were really in good shape for retirement... so for now I'm going to keep going and saving and investing and "practicing" our planned retirement lifestyle. If my company lays me off before I choose - so be it.

Of course, there are things that might sway my mind. Maybe as I get more knowledge from this forum. And if things go according to plan (a big if of course), should they make the offer a year from now I would be more likely to take it, with more savings and a couple of major unknowns resolved.

All of the advice I received was great, thanks very much!

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