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To say that the adjustment into parenthood is the ‘best but most challenging life change,’ is the understatement of the year. As I write this, my toddler is running all over my living room yelling, “Hooray! Hooray!” while banging on my laptop from time to time. I had the fantasy that working part-time would be exactly that—I would teach and then spend the rest of my “free time” enjoying my baby. Yeah…it doesn’t really work that way. I WORK as a stay-at-home mom during the day and I teach at night. Juggling our roles as parents and faculty is not easy. Being a parent is a full-time job, and there are some unique obstacles that come along with part-time teaching. Here are a few suggestions that I find to be helpful. Ask for an office ...