Hi everyone. I'm just wondering - I've heard lots of rumors about physics grad. school, and how hard it is, etc. I have no problem dedicating myself to studying, but am worried about family issues. What I'm wondering is - - how many hours on average per week will I be working? 40, 60, 80? - what if I have a family - i.e., if I am a parent of a young child, how hard is it going to be to spend time in the afternoons and evenings with my child? - is it 2-3 years of coursework, typically, followed by 2-3 years of research, or am I off? For the family, is it usually a bit better (in terms of having time to spend with them) after the coursework is done? - am I crazy to try to go into a physics graduate program with a family? do lots of other students do it? - Would the odds be better if I did a math graduate program instead (i.e., in terms of having more time to spend with the family)? Opinions are highly useful.