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3rd October 2013 12:25 AM #1
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When is the best time to go back to work?
I have been a stay at home mum for a long time. I would like to help my hubby out financially but my youngest childwho is now 6 years old doesn't like me to go to work. I wouldn't want to come out as not listening to her. How do I go about this?
3rd October 2013 05:32 AM #2
Thank you for your question - it's one which many mums ponder at some point.
I think you are absolutely right to prioritise your family. Only you and your family can really decide what works best for you. Sometimes both parents have to work out of financial necessity but, if you have flexibility with this, then it is worth bearing in mind that you can never get back these precious years with your children and it is clear that you have a wonderful bond with your daughter. Of course, working parents can also have a wonderful, strong attachment with their children but this may take more planning compared to a parent who is home all of the time.
Will your youngest be going to school? Are you considering home schooling? What age do children start school where you live?
Alternative options to both parents being away from their children include:
- working from home (in the evenings, when the children are in bed, often works best)
- a job that involves your children such as childminding another child at the same time
- sharing the work with your partner so that one of you is with the children in the daytime
- flexible work such as dog walking and babysitting
Do you have any extended family who can help with your children and who your children are happy to be around? Does your daughter go to any sort of kindergarten that you could work around?
I know it's not easy juggling things but I think you are starting off wisely by prioritising your family life.