Working part-time: Does it ever work?
Given the struggle to balance three little boys, a husband, a career, and a rewarding but insane raft of extra-curriculars, I've lately been watching friends with part-time jobs with interest (mixed with envy). In my ideal life, I'd work 20 hours a week writing and 10 hours a week consulting, and the rest of the time would be truly devoted to my family, house and chickens. (Those poor birds have really been getting the short end of the stick lately.)
Leaving aside the whole health care problem for a moment -- I've got it through my job and, well, no more talk of that, I'll just get angry -- I'm not really in a financial position to quit now, and for that matter, I do enjoy what I do. A colleague has negotiated a part-time arrangement, but after having worked with her it appears to me she does just as much work as anyone else; she's just paid less, and does more of it after bedtime. I've heard similar stories from other part-time mamas.
I wonder, is there anyone out there in a professional-type job who's truly made part-time work? Why are you successful? Is it about setting boundaries, or simply finding the right boss(es)? Do you feel you're missing out on what the full-time colleagues have got? Or are you all just searching for that nirvana, like me, and finding the real world entirely too terrestrial?