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    Hi, these factors were important to me when making my decision-
    - age of baby
    - hours working / days per week
    - who will be carer

    No one can really give you the correct answer, it's very personal.

    I'm returning to work 3 days per week when ds2 will be 1yr and ds2 will be 3.5yrs. My mum and MIL will share ds2 as personally I don't want him in daycare just yet (even though ds2 did go 1 day a week when he was 1yr as I had no option because my late dad became sick and my Mum became mu dad's Carer). Ds2 will be in kinder 1 day.

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    We have chosen to not buy whatever we want, whenever we want . We have learned to budget to allow me to stay home full-time, although I have done a little casual work when my husband can have the kids so I can keep up my registration (nurse). I guess it sucks sometimes to not be able to buy what we want always, but we save for what we do want, and have found the best things in life are simple and often free! Instead of a OS trip twice a year, we go to Asia once and take a few camping trips...and the kids still love it just as much.
    We don't have any family available to babysit, and as both our professions are shift-work usually it makes daycare a difficult option. Even if it could work, I would rather be at home

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    Default Go back to work or become sahm?

    Thanks everyone! Have some good things to think about and consider now! Lots of decisions to make!

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    Default Go back to work or become sahm?

    Like pp said it's a personal choice. According to studies women who return to work after birth are happier than sahm.
    I agree with the study. I am a sahm with a side Internet business. I really want to be home for my children, they are only babies once and I dont want to miss any second of it. However it doesnt mean I am mentally happier if it makes sense. I am happy that I get to be with my kids but I am also depressed that I am home everyday and that I don't get to interact with anyone.
    My mind is slower and I can't even communicate properly anymore, constantly say stupi things or dony know what to say. I only interact with my husband, kids and Internet.


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