Hi, new to mumsnet and the internet! If you are, like me, having to juggle fulltime work and home (using breakfast and afterschool clubs), do you get frustrated by the difficulties of "the System"? I can't get dental/opticians/doctor appoints for my children outside work hours, school expects me to be there in daytime - there's no email link to the primary school (altho there is one to my son's at the secondary), can't talk to benefits people about my Mum's needs out of hours and even parking permits have to be sorted in office hours. Everything seems to expect me to be there! Am I alone in finding this frustrating? Any tips?
yes. Very frustrating - but the only thing that I will take DS to in work hours is the dentist as they don't do evening/weekend appointments, and then I book the latest possible appointment on a Friday. Hosp appts obv, theres no choice about. Everything else I make them give me an evening appointment, or don't go. I was particularly annoyed by the HV and imms stuff where they only do them 2-4 on a Tuesday - and nursery won't have them for 24 hours afterwards. So I complained until the surgery grudgingly let DS have his imms on a Friday pm (same nurse, same place). They assume that mums of preschoolers must not be working.
Admin stuff thats over the phone I do at lunchtime, or I save up a load of things and take a half day
Don't get me started on the fact that there are no weekend swimming lessons or anything else for preschoolers at the weekends, or even Friday afternoons