Think You Can't Go Part-Time?
When I was just starting out my working life, I remember being taught never to say "but we've always done it this way" as an excuse not to try something new on the job. Alas, this lesson is hard learned for most of us, especially when it comes to the possibilities in our own careers. One of the most common excuses for not trying equal sharing is not entertaining the idea that you could restructure your work hours.
While it is not mandatory by any means that you work part-time in order to create an ESP family, it sure makes life easier if you can. Take the money argument out of play for a moment. Think only about doability. I can hear the groaning and dismissing now. "No one works part-time at my type of job." "You can't do what I do if you aren't there full time." Well, you may think so, but I don't. If you want to continue to work full time or more, don't change a thing. But if you would honestly like to downsize your hours to have more time for your family, your partner or yourself, think outside the box!
Here's a no-nonsense article that highlights academic scientists who work part-time in lab research. It is part of a whole issue of the journal Science that is devoted to work/life balance. Common? No. Possible? Yes. This is the stuff that I'm talking about!