Sounds like a simple question really. If we can afford it then part time so I get to spend more time with DD ( 3 years).
BUT as much as I love having a couple extra days at home and the flexibility of casual work ( working 2-3 days casual through a Childcare staffing agency) I find the actual work so boring and under stimulating and far too easy. I have been a Childcare Director for 5 years, went back to work full time when DD was 12weeks (she went to Childcare with me so not as bad as it sounds) and only stopped working full time at the start of this year when we began the process of moving interstate.
I miss being the boss, I miss doing a job that is challenging and being able to train and teach and inspire others. I love being able to instigate changes in early learning and watch staff become passionate about their role as an Educator. Unfortunately Directors positions are only full time. I have recently completed my cert 4 in training and assessment as well but again VET teaching is full time as well (at least to get into the industry it is).
I had taken time off from full time work to spend more time with DD and reduce my stress levels as we have now come to the end of our TTC journey as I can't have another baby without IVF and we have decided not to go down that path for my reasons. I dont want to regret not spending enough time with my little girl during her early years, especially when there will be no more babies for me. But I'm finding myself becoming increasingly bored with not being in a role that challenges me mentally ( DD exhaust me mentally but that is completely different ). Today I am not working but DD still asked to go to school (Childcare) instead of staying home with me because she loves it so much. But I do find DD going to Childcare 3 days a week instead of 5 that she is not as tired and grumpy.
I'm so torn with what to do and I must change my mind a hundred times a day. Love to hear from anyone who has felt this way and what you decided and the reasons for your decision. Are you happy with your decision?