Sunday, May 16, 2010

I need those TPS Reports!

It's 8am Sunday morning, and my son has transformed himself into Wayne Rooney and scores an impossible goal in FIFA 2010 on the Wii. I hang up the phone and let out a sigh. After spending late Saturday evening at work, my son senses what is coming next. I tell him that I need to go into the office this morning to complete some reports needed for a meeting. Neither him nor I are happy about it.

As a working Dad, the quality minutes I get during the week with my family are very few. My weekends are filled from dawn to dusk with house duties, errands, and of course kid activities and coaching responsibilities. So when your boss calls for some weekend work, I am definitely conflicted.

Of course my job pays for our home, food and those toys my son is always hinting about, but how much is too much? What's the point of working long hours to get ahead when you are missing out on all of the fruits of your labor? The compromise I have done in the past is go into the office at off hours to get these projects done. It's difficult to say no and it's tough to disappoint your family. Family is the most important thing in my life, and my job is necessary for my family's life. 

As I get dressed to go, my wife and I adjust our plans for the day, shifting everything to the afternoon. I need to give up my time until noon, a compromised split of the day. My son walks in the bedroom to give me a hug, he is sad I am going, but looks forward to a mother-son morning, and the train ride to my office for my pickup. Then the family will be ready for a great Sunday afternoon.


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