Friday, May 22, 2015

time or money?

There are a few job postings where I work, and I'm qualified for all of them. They are all full time - 35 hours a week vs the 28 hours I am paid to work.

I know from experience that this would be a net pay increase of around $550 per month, but it might jeopardize my interest relief status with the student loan centre, as well as my child care subsidy. And I will definately need the child card subsidy since I would be in the office for 1.5 more hours per day.

I ultimately make the important decisions at our house, but my kid is smart and I always ask his opinion. He even helped me pick out the house I bought last fall.

Today we talked about what it might be like if I worked longer hours each day. We talked about what would be better for us: more money or more time together? I reminded him that more money meant more sushi dinners (I really need to learn to make futomaki).

Bean decided that more time was more important to him. We have a leisurely morning routine and our afternoons are pretty good too. I pick him up when the bell rings and we hang out together in the evening. One afternoon a week he has piano lessons, and another evening a week he hangs out at my sister's while I go to meditation.

So yeah ... money. More would be nice. But time is more important, especially when the boy is still quite small. By the time I was his age (9) I had a key and I was on my own for hours after school. I don't even think that's legal anymore!

2 comments:

  1. Wise decision on Bean's part :) And yours, of course! While more money is always welcome, time is always our most limited resource.

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    1. His former karate teacher said Bean had an old soul. He is very wise - and still very silly - for a 9 year old :)

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