Oh well.. im constantly judged on here too.
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09-10-2016 19:56 #41Senior Member
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09-10-2016 20:16 #42
Sometimes women return to work because they *choose* to work and they get something intellectual, inspirational or otherwise from their career. It seems that it's considered okay for women to return work if there is a clear financial need, but for women to say 'hey, I'm working because I like it and my job/career is important to me' is somehow still considered less ok by many. Or at least, harder to understand maybe?
It's taken me three years to just say 'I work because it's meaningful to me'. I could survive financially if I worked part time, but I hated that. But I always felt like I needed a 'reason' that society would accept. I wonder if I'm alone there?
I know that wasn't your implication, just your comment made me think of this :-)
Sorry, OT I know, just a thought I had...
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09-10-2016 20:22 #43
DH and I have no support other than each other. We have no extended family or friends close enough to babysit adhoc let alone on a regular basis so childcare was used as our 'village'. I don't necessarily think that they 'learnt' much in the earlier years but they definitely got to have experiences that I would never have thought of or (I'll admit) I would have found too demanding to do on a remotely regular basis. I'm thinking of things like messy play, craft, painting with lots of different mediums, sensory play activities etc.
I was never a 'natural' mum. I had never even held a baby before I had my son let alone changed a nappy or baby sat. I learnt a lot about how to interact and engage with other children from my children's child care experiencing childcare.
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09-10-2016 21:28 #48Senior Member
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I really think you need to just do what is best for you. My kids didn't go to childare, but are they better off for it? Not necessarily. My youngest in particular struggled a lot with separation anxiety when going to school, but then she may have struggled like that going to childcare too.
I worked in childcare for a couple of years and there were children who thrived, and children who didn't cope so well with it. I think it just comes down to individual personalities and situations. But it sounds like something you would get benefit from so why not? I wouldn't worry too much about whether others think it's right or wrong. Everyone makes decisions based on what is best for their family, but if you think you'd like the break and time to look into study, etc, then I would go for it. And if it doesn't work out like you hoped, it doesn't have to be forever.
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