Adjusting work hours to care for tweens, teens

From Liz Atwood: When I was pregnant with my first child, I panicked. How would I be able to juggle raising a child and working outside the home in a challenging career? But after six months of maternity leave, I went back to work and I continued to work even after my second child was born. There were tough days. The kids always seem to get sick at the worst time. It was always a scramble to get out of work in time to pick the kids up from the sitter.

Yet I managed to somehow keep it together while the kids were small. And then came the teenage years with the additional homework and extracurricular activities. I couldn't do it anymore. I had to take a job with more flexible hours to save my sanity.

Recently, Angelina Jolie told a British TV station that she plans to retire from acting when her kids become teenagers. "Too much to manage at home," she told the interviewer.

Wow. If Angelina can't keep it together with her ability to hire chauffeurs, sitters, tutors, housekeepers and anyone else she needs, how can the rest of us?

Of course many folks don't have the option of quitting work or cutting back hours to take care of teenagers. Yet I know a surprising number of folks who have made sacrifices to do just that.

Have you adjusted your work hours to care for teens or tweens?