just wanted to see what reservists were doing with childcare during deployments when both spouses work. any special arrangements or situations that have worked for you? my wife works 2 days/wk at the hospital for 12 hr shifts, 0700-1930. my son will be starting first grade next year, so i need to develop a plan before signing up to ensure he gets to school and has childcare after school until she gets home at 2000. our parents are nearing 70's and live about 3 hours away, so not real convenient, nor do i expect them to change their retirement plans for me!
i was just curious to see what others were doing in similar situations. so far, i know she can take 3 mo of fmla time for a deployed spouse, which i think uses her personal leave time and only pays at around 70%. i do not expect her to give up her job, which she loves, just so i can join the reserves. it definitely makes the decision more difficult for me as i struggle with the added burden i will place on my family.
as always, your input it greatly appreciated!