I am in a fortunate position where I don't have to work as my DH earns a reasonable salary. That's not to say we're rich (far, far from it!) but by adhering to strict budgets we can afford to pay our expenses and cover our mortgage repayments.
I now have the option to return to work 2 days per week and earn a decent income. I would be returning to a job that I loved at a large international company, having studied and worked for over a decade to get to the level I was at.
Some other background information - my DS is 21 months old and has been with me 24/7 since birth. My DH works long hours and we have no family around for support so we'd need to look at hiring a nanny given the hours we'd both be working. I realise this could be potentially expensive and will no doubt take a huge chunk of my salary.
What would you do? I feel stuck. I miss the mental challenge of working, doing something that I really enjoyed and having that satisfaction of doing it well. Yet I am also overwhelmed by guilt at the prospect of leaving my son with a nanny when it's not entirely necessary that I do so as I do have the option to remain a SAHM.
Has anyone been in a similar situation and what did you do?
Please be gentle on me too.