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    Even if I didn't have to I would still work. If I could afford to I'd just work school hours though. I really like the mental stimulation from work and find I'm a better person generally when I'm doing something productive for myself. I feel really bored and lonely if I'm home full time.

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    I guess it depends which is the lesser of the two evils If you hate working and it makes you miserable, then stay at home, if staying at home is turning you into a miserable person, then go back to work.

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    I was a SAHM for 7 years. After 4 years at home I was ready to go back to work...the next three years I only stayed home because I had a surprise pregnancy and wanted to give my youngest 2 years of me at home full time (that felt important for me because I had been at home with my first two for such a long time, and I wanted to give my youngest a decent amount of time at home with me).
    I don't want to go back to being a SAHM. I study full time, and I can not wait to be working part time to get a better balance between family time and my career.

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    Absolutely.

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    I was lucky that I didnt have to go back to work financially ... but I still chose to when DD was 10 months as my work offered me a part time position with great hours.

    I am so glad I did as it has worked out amazing with them, and they are soooo flexible.

    I stayed home much more when DD started Kindy/Preschool (2 or 3 days a week at school, with school hours) as she didnt want to go to daycare after, so I worked much less then.

    Work dropped off so I was only working 1 day a week for a while too ... and found it wasnt really enough stimulation for me. Especially with DD now at school. It was fun though

    So have gone back to working more now ... work from home though, which is amazing.

    In all - you have to do what feels right for you. If you want to go back to work ... DO IT.

    It will make you a more satisfied, patient and loving parent if you are happy.


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    I personally wouldn't. But this comes off the back off me owning my own business so essentially never having maternity leave. My kids are now 5 and nearly 8 and to say the last 8 years were full on would be an understatement. So from my skewed view the idea of not having to go back to work is bliss!

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    Yes I've gone back to work when I hadn't needed to financially. I love my job and I just need that mental stimulation. 12 months off after ds2 was enough for me. Daycare has been great for both boys, they are well adjusted happy social kids and definitely appreciate me that bit more because they aren't with me 24/7. I think it's also worth baring in mind that it's often difficult to get back in to the work force when they have been out of it for a significant time regardless of what experience you may have had. I'm soon to have 12 months off after ds3 is born. Looking forward to the break and being home for a while but I know I will be ready to get back to work.

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    I think i would want to do something 1-2 days a week...be that paid work, volunteer or extra study. Or even set up my own business.

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    I'm pregnant with our first baby and I aim to go back to work at least part-time when bubba is about 6 months old. Of course, I say that now, but I may feel differently when I'm at that point.

    But at the moment for me work has been such a big part of my life, and I've worked so hard to get myself into a high position earning good money, I just can't imagine throwing all that away and not going back. I don't really know what I would do if I didn't go back.

    Most of the mothers I know who've gone back to work (and, actually, when I think about it that's most of them) wanted to go back for the mental stimulation and adult conversation...and a break from the kids.

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    I would probably spend the first two years or so at home, then ideally work part time (2 or 3 days per week) up until school age, then return to full time work.


 

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