I have DS who is 16 months and I currently work 2 days a week. It's only been in the past 3 months that I have been coping with leaving him 2 days a week. It only took a year!
Baby number 2 is coming, due September (I'm only 5 weeks, so I'm counting my chickens), and I know that in a few weeks I'll need to tell my employer that I'm utd and she will want to know my plans.
I work in childcare, so I've always felt a bit stupid paying someone else to look after my child while I look after other children. But at the same time I love my job.
When baby 2 comes, I am pretty sure that I don't want to go back to work as early as I did with DS. I went back at 5 months and I REALLY didn't cope. I spent my days being depressed and guilty about leaving him. And I've only recently gotten over that.
I have the option of 12 months leave, but I feel like even then, it won't be worth going back to work and I don't want to stuff my employer around.
4 days a fortnight brings about $560, and I already pay over $100 a fortnight in childcare fees just for DS.
Does anyone have any good scenarios? Like, how much does it cost you to have 2 kids in care.
Do you get any parenting payment with DP/DH's earnings (DP gets roughly $1200 a fortnight).
Does it seem worth going back?
Should I just wait until I'm ready to return to work 5 days, so the money might be worth it? Or will childcare eat most of that anyway?