Night Shift!

by Kathy Sykes on October 4, 2009 · 1 comment

Total Lunar Eclipse - Aug.28, 2007 courtesy of Stan Richard

 Is the song “night shift” by the Commodores about death?  Sometimes that’s how I feel when I am working the night shift.  When I first decided to take the position, it was convenient for me because my son was 4 months old when our nanny quit. So, I had to find a way to be at home during the day AND still work. So I took a night shift position. That was two years ago.

There are benefits to working night shift when you have a small child:

1. If the child gets sick, there is no need for someone to take off from work because you’re already home (you just don’t get any sleep)

2. If working 7 on/7 off, then you can send the child to daycare only part-time and enjoy a whole week with your baby

3. Extra money (from the shift differential) to start a pretty good college fund 

The cons to working night shift when you have a small child:

1. You pretty much only see them for about 4 hours a day (when you wake up) before you go to work

2. Your mood is not always the best when you are on an opposite schedule of everyone else

3. SLEEP IS LIMITED!!!!

It has been said that working the night shift can also affect your health in general and that is something that needs to be taken into consideration when you have young kids.  The goal is to be around for them as long as possible.

I suggest working the night shift on a “temporary” basis and not making it a long-term commitment, if at all possible. When your kids start getting older, they will have more demanding schedules that will require parents to be available in the evenings and get plenty of sleep.

I am thankful for the opportunity that was open to me at the time that I needed it, but I think it’s time to move on to bigger and better options.

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Linda Kirk October 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Amen sista

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