You begin working overtime Monday through Wednesday. You are working 10
to 12 hours per day and do not get to see much of your family on these days.
You find that you are very tired from the long hours, and can't wait for
the weekend to come so that you can rest.
"It's a very physical job. It's very demanding that way," says Wendy Kennedy,
a power line technician. "You have to be very determined."
When you get home from work, you find that you just want to eat and go
to bed. You are not spending the time that you used to with your daughter
in the evening. You hope that attending the softball game on Saturday will
make up for the lack of attention you are able to pay to her in the evenings.
You still feel that you are not able to spend enough time with your family.
Thursdays and Fridays you are still working regular hours, so you try to
make up for the time then. You plan family activities and work hard to make
up for time you miss out on when you are at work.
On the bright side, your checks remain the same, and you are able to keep
supporting your family well. You do not have to trim the budget or cancel
the family vacation. As you settle in for some much-deserved sleep, you still
wonder if you are making the best decision as a parent.