The UK newspaper The Guardian has an interesting approach to its work advice column, Ask Jeremy, helmed by Jeremy Bullmore. Each Friday and Monday the paper's website features a letter to Jeremy and invites readers to respond. A few days later they publish the letter with Bullmore's response and selected comments from readers.
I was interested in this question posed by a grandfather who is also an engineer with an opportunity to go back to work. The grandfather writes that he is close to his grandchildren, "taking them to school, dance classes, seaside excursions and music festivals." Still, he thinks he prefers being an engineer to being a "taxi driver, nanny and unpaid maintenance man."
I read all the comments from readers and Jeremy's answer since I recently took a short-term job that will definitely cut into my grandparenting time, although I don't do grandchild care on a regular basis as it sounds as if the letter writer does. Unlike him, however, I was influenced to take the job by the extra money involved. I'm still not sure I did the right thing. I'll let you know in a couple of months.
Would you take on a job or an extra job if it meant less time with the grandkids? Leave a comment below.
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