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    Very well written post OP! And big hugs for you.

    I'm hugely torn myself at the moment, I dread the first day of dropping my baby girl off at daycare soon, but at the same time I'm so looking forward to returning to work, getting properly dressed for the day, interacting with adults and getting to use my brain!

    I haven't been home for very long, but it's simply that some of us are not cut out for being a SAHM - we are better parents with that balance in our lives. Equally, some are not made to be working parents, and that's ok - both are a valid choice with their own pros and cons. It certainly doesn't mean we love our kids any less, or don't deserve them if we want to enhance our lives by working.


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    op. Being at home for 12 months after baby is born is enough for me. My kids I love to bits but I need to work for the mental stimulation and I do love my work. Our kids thrived in daycare and we feel that we are more appreciated because they aren't with us 24/7. Balancing work and motherhood works for me and I'm a better mother because of it I am sure. I'm quite lucky to have flexibility in the hours I work, I chose the hours I am doing so I have 3 half days finishing at 12 and 2 days finishing at 3.30 so while I work 30hrs a week I also get plenty of daylight hours with the kids which is quality time I value. And I also have a very involved hands on hubby who shares every duty. Hopefully you will work something out.

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    I've hit my SAHM time limit but can't get childcare so can't start working again!! DH and I almost role reversed but then he was offered a job paying double what I would get so we decided to go that way.

    But so many days I wish it was me being financially rewarded for my hard work, me being told regularly that I'm doing a great job, me having a drink with colleagues after work, me getting lunch breaks and tea breaks (OK, as a teacher I don't actually get many of those). And him chasing a wet toddler around the house with a poo hanging out of his bum while his sister is shrieking away that there's a poo in the bath and I need to help get her out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post

    But so many days I wish it was me being financially rewarded for my hard work, me being told regularly that I'm doing a great job, me having a drink with colleagues after work, me getting lunch breaks and tea breaks (OK, as a teacher I don't actually get many of those). And him chasing a wet toddler around the house with a poo hanging out of his bum while his sister is shrieking away that there's a poo in the bath and I need to help get her out!
    You know the crappy thing about working part time is I don't get a lunch break, I don't go to drinks (too busy rushing out the door), yet I also still chase toddlers around the house and have to get kids out of the bath 5 nights a week.

    That's the sucky part about working part time you still have to do all the yuck stuff as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    You know the crappy thing about working part time is I don't get a lunch break, I don't go to drinks (too busy rushing out the door), yet I also still chase toddlers around the house and have to get kids out of the bath 5 nights a week.

    That's the sucky part about working part time you still have to do all the yuck stuff as well.
    Yeah, but at least it breaks the monotony. I am much happier going off to work part time and studying, despite still having all the home and kid stuff to tend to as well. I often miss breaks at work too. I'm more likely to get lunch at home than at work, but I still enjoy the change in routine.

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    Fantastic read. Maybe you DH needs to read this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Party of Three View Post
    Yeah, but at least it breaks the monotony. I am much happier going off to work part time and studying, despite still having all the home and kid stuff to tend to as well. I often miss breaks at work too. I'm more likely to get lunch at home than at work, but I still enjoy the change in routine.
    I know and you're right otherwise I wouldn't work. Just some days you rush to get everyone out the door, feel like you do a half arsed job at work then race to get everyone home, bathed and fed and they fight and cry because they're tired and they're kids and you wonder what the answer is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    You know the crappy thing about working part time is I don't get a lunch break, I don't go to drinks (too busy rushing out the door), yet I also still chase toddlers around the house and have to get kids out of the bath 5 nights a week.

    That's the sucky part about working part time you still have to do all the yuck stuff as well.
    Yes, worse still DH works away. So once I am working again I get to work all day then come home and still chase poo-baby and screech girl all by myself!

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