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    Default Returning to work - childcare - WWYD?

    Hi,
    I'm the main earner in our family. I will be returning to work when bubs is 10 months old.
    My dilemma (no n ;-) ) is whether I go back 4 or 5 days. Financially (also calculating cost of childcare) we will lose if I only go back 4 days and we're desperately trying to save to buy a house in this crazy market.
    But the thought of putting bub in care every day makes me feel incredibly guilty and sad.
    Question: should I work full time now, save and hopefully be able to work less when she's at (eg) school? Or do I work 4 days and give up the extra money to spend more time with her now?
    WWYD?

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    Default Returning to work - childcare - WWYD?

    Only you can answer that

    I am back at work 4 days as that was best for me financially. Having the one extra day home with the kiddos is also great.

    It is hard work wise being out of the office for a day - missing out on things and being out of the loop. Takes me a few hours to catch up the next work day.

    To be honest if finances weren't an issue I would rather work 5 days per week ... As long as those 5 days were 8 hours max (I think that is doable for bubs). Less stress work wise.

    If my job was different and finances weren't an issue - I didn't have managerial responsibilities etc then maybe I could cope with only working 3 days per week.

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    I went back to work at 4months pp 5 days. It took me a long time to not be sad about it but it is best for my family.

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    You have to consider that working 5 days means you will at some stage reach the $7500 child care rebate cap and be out of pocket for the rest of the financial year

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    Hi there, I know just how you feel.
    I was deciding to go back 4 or 5 days also. I went the 5 and just wanted to see how we all coped, so far so good! (Back for a year now)
    I thought it would be easier to drop a day than try and pick up one.

    DD 2yr old loves daycare SO much! Goes 4 days and my mum has her for a day.

    Yes there are days that I feel sad and guilty, but for us it has worked out just fine. We are smashing our mortgage and have purchased an investment property.

    But yes we have hit the threshold mentioned in another comment.

    In a way I think our kids will benefit later down the track from our hard work now.

    Good luck x

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    Personally, i’d do the 4 days and try to cut somewhere else. You’ll be tired enough doing 4 days and you might enjoy having that day together every week, as the weekends can get full of chores and things to catch up on. Also depends on your cost of childcare, over the course of the year you might not end up with much extra in your pocket. Could you start on 4 days and then go up to 5 if you really needed to? Or if you had to do 5 days maybe do one short day so you have an afternoon off.

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    Id go back FT because that's what I did when bub was 7mo.

    He is the most adjusted kid in his childcare, it's like a second family there and he just loves it.
    Because he started so young and FT, the adjustment was very easy on him (harder on me!!).

    Drop the mummy guilt!

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    Default Returning to work - childcare - WWYD?

    I'd go FT if I was you.
    I will be going back FT in just over a months time from now. I had a similar situation with the option of less hours. But I'm going back FT after baby 2 after and my mat leave.
    I couldn't be happier. 😀 good luck with you decision!

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    Thanks all! It's hard; keep going back and forth but good to hear your experiences both 4 and 5 days. I hit the cap yes, but the extra pay is still more than the cc so unfortunately that doesn't make my decision for me.
    I'll have another talk with dh and sleep on it (well, as much as my teething and sick dd lets me) and update when I decide
    Mummy guilt is crap :-)

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    I would start back and 4 and see how you go. It's much easier to add a day than drop one once you've started back.

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