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Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century

futurework: Chapter 3 - Box 3.1

Box 3.1 How Long is a Mother's Work Day

5:30 a.m. Get up early to have thirty minutes to exercise, make grocery list while getting dressed

6:30 a.m. Make the kids’ breakfast and their lunches

7:00 a.m. Walk the dog, get kids up, dressed, fed and into the car

8:30 a.m. Take one kid to day care, the other to school, stopping at dry cleaner on the way to work

9:00 a.m. On the job!

1:30 p.m. Meeting at daycare center with childcare provider

2:00 p.m. Back on the job

5:00 p.m. Shut down the computer, forward calls to the cell phone

5:30 p.m. Pick up child from school aftercare and discuss the evening’s homework assignment while driving to the daycare center

6:05 p.m. Pay the late arrival fee at the daycare center. Convince both children to help at the grocery store and do the grocery shopping

7:00 p.m. Arrive home, unload and put away groceries, make dinner, referee a spat between the kids over which evening TV program they’re allowed to watch

7:30 p.m. Dinner time—take a breath, sit down, and enjoy learning about the kids’ day

8:00 p.m. Do the dishes, supervise the kids’ household chores and homework, change the load of laundry put in this morning, and feed the dog

8:30 p.m. Bathe the kids, call home healthcare attendant caring for an elderly parent

9:00 p.m. Read bedtime story and get the kids their last drink of water

9:30 p.m. Sit down and put feet up while folding the laundry; fall asleep over the cable news

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