Emerald- I am not exactly in teaching. My university is R01. Well, technically my teaching load is only 5% (with 755 research and rest is extension). We don't get summer off, Christmas break is for a week. No, we don't get fall break or Spring break either. By flexibility I mean, I don't have to be physically present 9-5 at work, I can choose to work from home, if needed. Although, I don't do it because it's hard for me to concentrate at home. But I can take my son to my office. I've his blanket, toys and books in my office so he can take a nap or play while my husband and I finish work. I know not everyone is so lucky. My son goes to campus daycare which is part of university's educational system (child care lab) and people who work their are regular university employee with all the benefits so they are very happy with their work and it reflects in the care they provide. It is not cheap, actually it is one of the most expensive daycare in our area but it's worth every penny.