I work for a state, and our governor has asked all state employees to consider reducing their hours, either weekly or on a calendar year basis.
What this means is that I can switch to a 10-month work year, and have July and August off- unpaid.
So, for about a 10,000 a year (before taxes) pay cut, I can have the summer off with my kids until they are off to college. I figured out what it would be, after taxes and the pay raise we're scheduled to get July 1st, and it comes out to 4800 dollars less a year. Then if you subtract the amount I would save on daycare, it's 2600 less a year. Or, 50$ a week.
So for 50$ a week, I can spend two months with my kids every summer, hanging out, spending time together, supervising them as they get older, driving them to the movies with their friends. I can garden EVERY DAY. I can relax. I can look forward to summer like you did when you were in school.
Am I insane? Would you do it?