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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10-07-2014 12:25 #31
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10-07-2014 12:40 #32
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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10-07-2014 20:36 #34
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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10-07-2014 20:47 #35
That's the sucky part about working part time you still have to do all the yuck stuff as well.
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10-07-2014 20:57 #37
Fantastic read. Maybe you DH needs to read this?
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10-07-2014 21:30 #40
Your post reads like a book that I don't want to put down! Very addictive writing style, you should seriously consider looking into furthering your talent. Funny and very cleverly written.
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