Would you consider overnight child minding?
This is the new wave of babysitting - family daycare centres are now changing their hours and opening overnight and on weekends to suit a growing number of parents who now work unusual, non-traditional hours.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of people working non-business hours is up 15 per cent.
And more than one in three worked extra hours or overtime, and almost 60 per cent had no say in their start time and finish times.
Me? Well I know that when I have done contract work for companies, I stipulate before I start that I must leave work at 4pm, in order to make it in time to pick up my kids. I actually don't mind that I have this curfew, and they don't mind because they know that I work like a maniac to finish all the tasks I set myself for the day. So they're kinda getting some damn good value for money with me.
What about you? Would you like this extended care for kids? I can absolutely see a need for it. But then, do the lines between work and leisure time [and more importantly, time you spend with your children] get incredibly blurred? And where does it end?
Share your stories and thoughts here.
And read more on the Sunday Telegraph piece here: